"No Coal in Oakland" campaign

Media links
Formal correspondence

Oakland-clergy-coal.jpgUp until its February 16th meeting, the position of a majority of Oakland City Council members on permitting coal shipment from the city's port may have been in doubt. Even now the proposal remains on the table. But at that meeting, council members took concrete steps toward banning coal exports once and for all. Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Libby Schaff, local clergy, State Senator Loni Hancock, and community activists, the Council has signaled its intention to enact an outright ban on coal exports. In fact, it passed a moratorium on the issuance of any permits for the terminal until the question has been resolved. Read details on the latest developmemts here.

(And for more background, see A Coaltastrophe Threatens Oakland on this website.)


We encourage all Oakland residents to attend the No Coal in Oakland meeting:
Every Thursday, 5 PM
West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project  
349 Mandela Parkway            
(short walk from West Oakland BART Station)

Community Meeting Against Coal
Monday, March 14, 6:00 -7:30 PM
West Side Missionary Baptist Church, 732 Willow Street, Oakland
(half block from Main Post Office on 7th Street near to West Oakland BART)  

black-man-coal-sign.jpgWe are also keeping a watchful eye on the danger of crude oil by rail coming through Oakland.  If the Phillips 66 refinery project in San Luis Obispo is approved, then we face mile-long trains of oil tankers carrying the worst forms of crude oil: tar sands from Canada. The SLO Planning Commission has heard overwhelming opposition to the proposal from community residents but has yet to vote on it.

Members of OFFR and others have been lining up resolutions from local institutions (unions, City Councils, community colleges, etc.) urging the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission not to approve the project. We have so far been successful in getting the following on board to pass resolutions and write letters against the tar sands threat:

City Councils: Berkeley, Davis, Fremont, Oakland, Richmond, San Jose and San Leandro.
School Boards: Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo
Counties: Alameda, Monterey, Santa Cruz

But much, much more needs to be done. Join us!

Publicity Materials

California Democratic Convention No Coal flyer (San Jose, February 2016)

No Coal in Oakland - West Oakland Sign-On Letter

Materials for Oakland City Council Meeting of February 16, 2016
NO COAL IN OAKLAND (PDFs):   Flyer    Handbill    Tri-Fold

Chinese:  (18KB)     (28KB)     

No Coal in Oakland flyers for the September 21 Public Hearing (PDF):      English       Spanish


Leaflet With 12/8 Date & Council Member Phone Numbers (PDF)

December 8 No Coal Flyer (PDF)

Teach-In Handbill for Dec 8, 2015 (PDF)

Teach-In Flyer for Dec 8, 2015 (PDF)

Bowie Resource Partners: No Coal Export Terminal in West Oakland! (MoveOn Petition )

Organizations & Individuals Signing On to Support This Campaign


Official Public Hearing Record

Link to Army Base Gateway Redevelopment Project, Public Hearing On Coal in Oakland on September 21, 2015
(City of Oakland, Office of the City Administrator)

Legal Actions

Loni Hancock survey web site  (March 2016)

Utah S.B. 246: Funding for Infrastructure Revisions (lines 524-534, 2016 General Session)

Lora Jo Foo's analysis of Loni Hancock's coal  bills     (February 23, 2016)
Sen. Loni Hancock's website introducing legislation to restrict coal exports in California    (February 19, 2016)
Official California Legislative Information Bill Search web page        (SB 1277, 1278, 1279, 1280)                  

No Coal in Oakland letter to Mayor Schaaf et. al. about environmental consulting firm re: Kuiper memo  (February 15, 2016)
Actual memo (Dr. Heather Kuiper re: substantial evidence of health and safety risks)             View

Oakland City Administrator to Tagami, LDDA Letter (February 11, 2016)

Status Report on Coal, Office of Oakland City Administrator (February 3, 2016)

Simple majority needed to ban coal (Lora Jo Foo email, January 7, 2016)

Oakland Planning & Building Dept to Tagami, Annual Compliance Review Letter (December 8, 2015) 

CBE v. City of Oakland - pleadings re: motion to dismiss CEQA case (November 9, 2015)

CBE et. al. v. CCIG Demurrer (November 9, 2015)

Senate Bill 185: Prohibiting State Pension Funds From Investing in Coal    (October 8, 2015)    news release

CEQA lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of CBE, APEN, Sierra Club, & SF Baykeeper vs. Oakland (October 2, 2015). View.

Community & Environmental Groups Challenge Proposed Oakland Coal Export Terminal (Press Release for above lawsuit) View.

CA Assembly Joint Resolution 35 (Coal Exports, 3/26/2012) 

Oakland City Council: Selected Sustainability Goals, Urban Environmental Accords
Oakland Urban Environmental Accords Resolution per above (Oakland City Council, March 22, 2006)
Recent Oakland Sustainability Awards (per above)



NEW (March 2016): No Coal in Oakland dedicated web site coal-rally-2-horiz.jpglink

Do you support the campaign? Do it with dollars.

No Coal in Oakland recently played a major role in convincing the City Council to remove an agenda item paying up to $253,000 to an environmental consulting firm for a review of the evidence regarding coal.  Our campaign continues with canvassing, teach-ins, speaking and meeting with council members. We are about to purchase yard signs to raise our visibility. Printing is an ongoing drain on our finances, and yard signs are costly. While we are looking at other funding possibilities, we very much appreciate the support of everyone to help sustain our work.

Please donate to our campaign to keep coal out of Oakland.

Coal Free Oakland, Facebook page

Coal Supply Chains:  How coal is moved from mines to ports. (Gifford Hartman presentation, PDF)

Coal Train Facts (Bellingham, WA)

Hugh Masekala's Coal Train song, Anthem of the Climate Justice Movement


Activists, Residents Fight Plan to Ship Coal Through Oakland (KQED Forum with Michael Krasny, Wednesday, July 22, 2015)

Oakland Residents Weigh In On Proposed Coal Train Terminal (CBS-Oakland KPIX, September 21, 2015)

KALW Interview: Oakland torn between coal cash and good health (91.7 FM in San Francisco, October 20, 2015)

KSL TV Utah: Story on Coal Exports  (Salt Lake City, November 3, 2015)

Related KQED: Governor Brown Takes Climate Message to World Stage  (88.5 FM in San Francisco, November 16, 2015)

Related KQED: California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks  (88.5 FM San Francisco,  November 24, 2015)

KPFA News: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (94.1 FM, Berkeley, December 1, 2015, at 8:13 -10:33 minutes)

ILWU10 Muhammad Derrick Challenges Toxic Coal In Port Of Oakland (Labor Video, December 6, 2015)

Oakland Mayor Schaaf  & CA Governor Brown at COP21 panel discussion (Coal discussion at 33:13) Subnationals Leading the Way, December 7, 2015)

Mayor Schaaf Comments on Coal Exports (Coal comments from 14:45 to 17:36. KQED Forum,  88.5 FM, San Francisco, December 30, 2015)

KPFA Interview: No Coal in Oakland   (94.1 FM, Berkeley, January 2, 2016, at 29:50 - 60 minutes) 

CBS SF - Residents Protest Plan For Coal Train From Utah To West Oakland (February 16, 2016)

Photos from February 16, 2016 Press Conference

Community Members Protest Coal Transport Through West Oakland (KGPC 96.9 FM, February 17, 2016)

Audio: Utah Senate Committee Hearing for SB246 (first 30 minutes, March , 2016)

Utah Lawmakers Pushes For Coal Railroad Terminal In Oakland (CBS-Oakland KPIX,  March 8, 2016) 

Film: Stop All Proposed Coal Exports in the Pacific Northwest



Oakland Global Newsletter (Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal... coal)  December 2013

July 2015 Coal Market Report (Greenpeace)

Is there any point in trying to restrict fossil fuel supplies? A new paper says yes  (Vox Media, USA, October 29, 2015)

Diesel particulate matter and coal dust from trains in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington State, USA  (Atmospheric Pollution Research, November 2015)      ABSTRACT OF ARTICLE    PRESS RELEASE    

McKinsey coal report, Downsizing the US coal industry (November 2015)      

Coal is king among pollution that causes heart disease, study says (Washington Post, December 2, 2015)   

The Myth That Coal Will Bring Jobs to Oakland: In-depth analysis of the 2012 Economic Impact Analysis   Link

76 percent of Oakland Voters Oppose Export Proposal Sierra Club poll


Health Care Professionals

Doctors statement on the health and safety impacts of coal (Whatcom County, WA)

Comments of  Dr.  Bart Ostro (on Sept 21, 2015 to City Council)

Comments of Dr. Bart Ostro on CCIG coal  trains (post September 2015 hearing )

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association statement

Dr. Heather Kuiper's memo re: substantial evidence of health and safety risks         View

Health and Safety Concerns Regarding Coal Transport in Oakland  (Medical Sign on Letter)


Formal Correspondence
Senator Loni Hancock letter to CTC Chairman Alvarado (March 7, 2016)
Utah Interfaith Power & Light letter to Utah Governor (March 2, 2016)
Kaufman NCiO Letter on Utah SB 246     (March 1, 2016)
California Interfaith Power and Light's No Coal Letter (February 16, 2016)
Letter to the Mayor with Evidence To Ban Coal    (February 15, 2016)
Inland Boatmen's Union Resolution Opposing Coal in Oakland (January 16, 2016)
Letter to Governor Brown from No Coal In Oakland  (November 24, 2015)    AWAITING OK TO POST
Position Statement of the Jack London Improvement District Oakland (November 4, 2015)
East Bay Regional Park District Opposes Coal at Oakland Global Development (November 3, 2015)
Press Release - Community Groups Challenge Utah Funding ... (below, November 2, 2015)
Letter to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Community Groups Challenge Utah Funding for Proposed Oakland Coal Export Terminal (November 2, 2015)
Letter of Support for the AG's Anaylsis of CIB (Sloan Law Firm, October 22, 2015)
Informational status report on Coal's Public Health and/or Safety Impacts (October 9, 2015)
Comment of Margaret Rossoff on behalf of No Coal in Oakland  (October 6, 2015)
EPA Comment Letter Regarding Proposed Oakland Coal Terminal  (October 5, 2015)
Lora Jo Foo's Post-Hearing RESPONSE TO QUESTION #8 (October 2, 2015)
Nancy Nadel's email to Oakland City Council pointing out bias (September 30, 2015)
Follow Up Questions on Coal's Public Health and/or Safety Impacts, City of Oakland, Office of the City Administrator (September 29, 2015)
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) (September 2015)
Various Groups' Letter to California Transportation Commission (September 24, 2015)
   Exh A-Utah public records--secret coal plans re: above CTC letter   (April 2015)
Earthjustice Letter to Oakland City Council (September 21, 2015, Exhibits follow)
   Exhibit A - Tom Sanzillo Oakland testimony Sept 2015
   Exhibit B - Fox Report Oakland Coal Terminal Final_9-21-15
   Exhibit C - Niemaier Review of Coal Export Oakland-Final
Coal Resolution from Oakland City Council  (September 21, 2015)
Alameda County Labor Council Resolution    (September 18, 2015)
Comment No Coal in Oakland with Hyperlinks (September 18, 2015)
Longshore Workers Vote to Oppose Coal Exports in Oakland  (September 18, 2015)
Oak Center Neighborhood Assoc Letter Opposing Coal Transport & Unloading in Oakland (Sept 5, 2015)
Sierra Club Labor Day message (September 5, 2015)
EarthJustice Letter to Oakland City Administrator (September 2, 2015)
Port of Oakland Environmental Staff Report on Coal Exports, see Attachment B of Agenda  (Feb. 12, 2014)
Utah Groups Letter to Community Impact Board (August 25, 2015)
Teamsters District Council 7 letter re: coal exports (August 5, 2015 - pdf)
Response to Teamster letter (August 25, 2015 - pdf)
Union of Concerned Scientists Letter to City of Oakland (July 30, 2015)
Earthjustice Letter to Oakland City Council (June 9, 2015)
Redacted Email from Jeff Holt of Bowie Mining (April 8, 2015)

Related Articles from other parts of the region (Oregon, Washington State, Utah, British Columbia etc.)
In our opinion: Coal port has too many red flags  (Salt Lake City, Deseret News, March 10, 2016)
Op-ed: Oakland coal port scheme is a pig in a poke (Salt Lake Tribune, March 9, 2016)
My view: $54 million investment in California coal port is nothing more than a shell game (Salt Lake City, Deseret News, March 7, 2016)
Oregon Set To Become First Coal-Free State    (Huffington Post, March 5, 2016)
Senate panel advances $53M taxpayer investment in California port (Salt Lake Tribune, March 2, 2016)
New bill would have Utah taxpayers invest $51 million in California coal port  (Salt Lake Tribune,  February 29, 2016)
What Coal-Train Dust Means For Human Health  (KUOW, Oregon Public Broadcasting, February 18, 2015)
Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation (High Country News, Paonia, CO, January 25, 2016)
In Climate Move, Obama Halts New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands (New York Times, January 14, 2016)
Huge U.S. coal company declares bankruptcy (High Country News, Paonia, CO, January 12, 2016)
Coal Giant Bankruptcy Signals 'Profound Shift' for 21st Century Energy Landscape  (Common Dreams, January 11, 2016)
U.S. Coal Downturn Hammers Budgets in West Virginia and Wyoming (Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2015)
Shipping is a big contributor to climate change. So why is it being left out of the Paris deal?  (Grist, Seattle, WA - December 5, 2015)
Keep It in the Ground Victory: BLM Utah Halts Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Canyon Country Rising Tide, Moab, Utah, November 17, 2015)
Portland Passes Landmark Resolution Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure  (Common Dreams. November 14, 2015)
Huge coal company misled investors on climate change risk, according to investigation  (Grist, Seattle, WA - November 9, 2015)
Op-ed: Oakland coal port is private investors exploiting state fund   (Salt Lake Tribune, November 6, 2015)
America’s Next Fossil Fuel Superhighway (The ECOReport, November 3, 2015)
Groups want proposed loan for Oakland coal shipping port declared illegal (Salt Lake City, Deseret News, November 2, 2015)
California coal terminal not a legitimate use of Utah millions, groups say (Salt Lake Tribune, November 2, 2015)
Environmental groups oppose Utah money for California coal terminal (Cache Valley Daily, Logan, UT November 3, 2015)
Enviros. Oppose Utah Money for Calif. Coal Terminal  (Public News Service, Boulder, CO  November 3, 2015)
EENews: Groups boost fight against Calif. export project  (Subscription required, November 2, 2015)
Local attorney asks Utah Attorney General to stop CIB from allocating money for Oakland Export Terminal, other projects (Moab Times-Independent, October 29, 2015)
$53 million for California Port? Potter explains the pending deal  (Sun Advocate, Price, Utah, October 29, 2015)
Soy What? How China’s Growing Appetite is Transforming the Port of Oakland (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, October 19, 2015)
U.S. exports its greenhouse-gas emissions — as coal. Profitable coal (Washington Post, October 15, 2015)
Coal's dark alliance defames Lummi Nation (October 9, 2015)
Canyon Country Rising Tide (Utah - Press Release - October 1, 2015)
Climate Threatened by More Coal Mining in Utah   (WildEarth Guardians, Denver September 14, 2015)
Utah Groups Press Release   (August 25, 2015)
Rail Line for Coal (Salt Lake Tribune,  August 15, 2015)
The Thin Green Line Is Stopping Coal and Oil in Their Tracks     (Sightline Institute in Seattle, WA - August 13, 2015)
Massive Coal Company Fights To Preserve Loopholes, Ability To Rip Off Taxpayers (Think Progress, Aug 11, 2015)
Ridley’s Coal Exports: A Terminal Illness?     (Sightline Institute in Seattle, WA - June 5, 2015)
Utah coal: California here it comes—and not everybody is happy (Salt Lake Tribune. June 28, 2015.)
Editorial: Coal port looks like a risky venue (Salt Lake Tribune. April 28, 2015.)
Project could transform local coal market to international - (Richfield *Utah* Reaper - April 7, 2015)
Coal Dust Pollution, Dirty White Pants, & Coverups: The Consequences Of Exporting Coal (ThinkProgress, February 10, 2014)
How Unburnt Coal Affects Water Quality: State of the Science     (Sightline Institute in Seattle, WA - March 20, 2013)
Coal Dust's Environmental Impacts     (KUOW Portland, OR - March 11, 2013)

Articles   (*** denotes items opposing our position)
Say No to Coal Pollution in the Bay (SF Baykeeper: Bay Crossings, March 2016)
West Oakland deserves better than dirty coal  (San Francisco Chronicle,  March 7, 2016)
Sen. Hancock responds to OK by Utah panel to spend $51 million in public funds to build Oakland coal terminal (March 2, 2016)
California's Dirty Secret Comes to Light: Environmental Racism Meets "Black Lungs Matter"  (Tikkun Daily, February 23, 2016)
Senate bills would block funding for proposed coal exports at Oakland facility (ABC News 7, San Francisco, February 19, 2016)
4 New State Senate Bills Would Block Funding For Proposed Coal Exports At Oakland Facility (Castro Valley Patch, February 19, 2016)
Oakland: Sen. Hancock introduces four bills to restrict coal exports   (Bay Area News Group, February 19, 2016)
Senator Hancock Introduces Bills to Restrict Coal Exports Through Oakland (Post News Group, February 19, 2016)
Clergy Warn of Dangers of Coal (Post News Group, February 19, 2016)
Sierra Club poll: Most Oaklanders opposed to shipping coal  (San Jose Mercury News, February 17, 2016)
KTVU Alameda - Battle over coal transports in Oakland (February 17, 2016)
Coal Opponents Claim Small Victory at Oakland City Council  (East Bay Express, February 17, 2016)
Sierra Club poll: Most Oaklanders opposed to shipping coal  (Bay Area News Group, February 17, 2016)
Sierra Club Press Release re: poll (February 16, 2016) Note: Link to actual poll is in Reports Section above.
Coal Money Divides Oakland's Churches (East Bay Express, February 10, 2016)
Guest commentary: Saying no to coal in Oakland is the right thing to do (Oakland Tribune, February 10, 2016)
BART dropping coal investments   (Oakland Tribune, January 28, 2016)
Op-Ed: Developer Tagami’s Threats Are Coal Smoke and Hot Air (Post News Group,  January 22, 2016)
Guest commentary: Coal exports from Port of Oakland is bad business (Oakland Tribune, January 17, 2016)
Obama Coal Lease Moratorium Casts Doubt on Oakland Coal Exports  (Sierra Club press release, January 15, 2016)
Coal shipments not dangerous to health (*** Piedmonter/Montclarion letters, January 13, 2016)
Rebuttal to the above letter: Coal cargoes would not be containerized (Piedmonter/Montclarion, January 27, 2016)
Oakland Tribune editorial: Tagami should abandon plans to ship coal through Oakland (January 8, 2016)
Oakland Post, Several Items, (January, 6, 2016)
It's Time for Jerry Brown to Break His Silence on Coal   (East Bay Express, December 23, 2015)
Related story: And the Climate Pretender Award Goes To... Jerry Brown    (EcoWatch,  December 20, 2015)
A Coal Terminal in Oakland? (Earth Island Journal, December 16, 2015)
Utah official who helped arrange loan to ship coal through California resigns  (Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2015)
No to Coal Exports in Oakland       (EcoWatch, December 14, 2015)
How Utah quietly made plans to ship coal through California (Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2015)
California billionaire (Tom Steyer) spending personal fortune to fight climate change (KGO-TV, ABC 13, December 11, 2015)
Community Hosts Teach-In as Oakland City Council Delays Action on Coal Exports (Press release, December 9, 2015)
Related story: Brown readies to take spot on global climate stage: 'They're not calling him Moonbeam anymore'  (Los Angeles Times: December 1, 2015)
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt headed to Paris for climate change conference  (Oakland Tribune, December 1, 2015)
Oakland making its move in dustup over coal trains   (San Francisco Chronicle,  December 1, 2015)
Company Behind Proposed Oakland Coal Terminal Is Growing Rapidly (East Bay Express, December 1, 2015)
Oakland religious leaders urge city council to reject plan to export coal  (Oakland North, UCB Graduate School of Journalism, November 19, 2015)
Big Coal Comes to Oakland (Sierra Club Magazine, November 16, 2015)
Legal Battle Over Coal in Oakland Is Heating Up   (East Bay Express, November 12, 2015)
Big Oil Brown Strikes Again (East Bay Express, November 11, 2015)
Green versus Yellow Unionism in Oakland (IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, November 11, 2015)
Worker Wisdom in a Changing Climate, Al Marshall, SEIU 1021 (Climate Workers, November 10, 2015)
Oakland: Can it stop the coal trains? (Oakland Tribune, November 8, 2015)
Community groups fighting the Oakland coal terminal take the battle to Utah (Moving Forward Network, November 6, 2015)
West Oakland Takes on King Coal (EdenKeeper, November 2, 2015)
Related story: Gov. Jerry Brown’s road to the Paris climate talks (San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2015)
Churches, Community Unite Against Coal in Oakland   (Post News Group, October 30, 2015)
Utah Attorney General Could Kill Plans for Oakland Coal Terminal   (East Bay Express, October 27, 2015)
Energy Institute at Haas School of Business, blog  (October 26, 2015, University of California, Berkeley)
Oakland Coal Terminal Becomes a Political Flash Point (Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2015)
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy article (October 9, 2015)
Coal Attorneys Investigate Oakland Councilmembers     (East Bay Express, October 7, 2015)
*** Guest commentary: Bulk Terminal at Old-Army Base Will Be a Boon to Area  (Oakland Tribune, October 6, 2015)
Environmentalists file lawsuit to stop coal being shipped through Oakland (Oakland Tribune, October 4, 2015)
Coal Opponents File Legal Action in State Court Seeking New Environmental Analysis  (East Bay Express, October 2, 2015)
Related Letters to the Editor (Cluster #3 & Norr #6, San Francisco Chronicle, October 3, 2015)
Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues (San Francisco Chronicle, October 1, 2015)
East Bay Unions Don't Want Your Coal (Truthout article - September 29, 2015)
Coal Train Dispute Pits Public Health vs. Local Jobs    (Post News Group, September 25, 2015)
Phil Tagami unapologetic for former no coal promise   (2nd item, Contra Costa Times, September 2?, 2015)
Payoffs, Politics and Perdition. Can Oakland Stop the Coal Trains and Save the World?    (Daily KOS, September 24, 2015)
How a major terminal to ship Utah coal to the Far East sneaked into Oakland  (E & E ClimateWire, September 22, 2015)
Oakland City Council packed for special hearing on controversial coal shipping proposal  (Contra Costa Times et. al.,  September 21, 2015)
Fading Coal Industry in China May Offer Chance to Aid Climate    (New York Times, September 21, 2015)
Pollution, Health Concerns Over Plan for Coal Exports at Oakland Port  (NBC Bay Area, September 21, 2015)
Oakland City Council Moves to Block Coal at New Port Terminal (KQED News, September 21, 2015)
Coal shipments fuel heated Oakland debate  (SF Bay News, September 21, 2015)
Crops, not coal, are best for Oakland (Logistics Management, September 21, 2015)
Live: Oakland City Council Hearing on Coal  (East Bay Express, September 21, 2015)
Developer and activists ready for showdown over coal shipping at Port of Oakland    (San Francisco Business Journal, September 21, 2015)
East Bay Labor Unions Say 'No' to Coal in Oakland   (East Bay Express, September 18, 2015)
Drummond: A Showdown Over Coal in Oakland (Oakland Tribune, September 16, 2015)
Public Hearing on Coal Set for Sept. 21 (Post News Group, September 14, 2015)
Coal From Utah Threatens the Bay With Pollution (SF Baykeeper: Bay Crossings, September 2015)
Build It Green (Opinion: East Bay Express, September 2, 2015)
Letters to the Editor     (East Bay Express, September 2, 2015)
Banking on Coal in Oakland (East Bay Express, August 19, 2015)
A Dustup in Oakland Over Plan to Ship Coal Through New Terminal    (KQED News, July 30, 2015) 
Developer Phil Tagami Responds to Debate on Coal Transport (Post News Group, July 23, 2015)
Coal’s Health Dangers Spark Local Debate  (Post News Group, July 24, 2015) 
Rally Says: “No Way, No Coal” (Post News Group, July 23, 2015)
Richmond Concerns About Coal Dust Deserve Attention (Contra Costa Times, July 26, 2015)
Opponents of Oakland Coal Shipping Target Governor’s Pal  (San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 2015)
Opponents of Oakland Coal Shipping Target Governor’s Pal  (San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 2015 - pdf)
Opposition Grows Against Proposed Coal Exports from Oakland Army Base Project (East Bay Express, July 22, 2015)
Plan To Send Coal Through Oakland Met With Protests   (CBS Bay Area, July 21, 2015)
No Coal Should Ship from Oakland Port  (San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2015)
Keep Coal out of Oakland Port  (San Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2015) 
Oakland City Council to Have Public Hearing on Exporting Coal   (Bay Area News Group, July 17, 2015)
Public Will Weigh In On Bringing Millions Of Tons Of Coal To Bay Area  (CBS Bay Area, July 17, 2015)
Oakland May Be Backpedaling On Keeping Coal Facility Out  (CBS Bay Area, July 13, 2015)
*** Editorial Opinion by Hired Consultant in Favor of Project (Oakland Post, July 11, 2015)
Oakland Mayor, Port Developer in Dispute Over Plan to Ship Coal (KQED News, July 6, 2015)
Billion Dollar Project Will Bring Millions Of Tons Of Coal To Area Next To Bay Bridge Toll Plaza (CBS Bay Area, July 1, 2015.)
Oakland says “No!” to coal shipments at the Oakland army base (Lynette Gibson McElhaney press release)
Unlikely partners: Utah investing $53 million to export coal through Oakland port (San Jose Mercury News. April 24, 2015.)
Activists Work to Stop East Bay Coal Exports  (East Bay Express. May 27, 2015.)
Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away (Grist. June 18, 2014.)
Coal mine closures and layoffs continue throughout US (World Socialist Website. January 13, 2015.)
Coal mining: In the depths (The Economist. March 28, 2015. An international perspective.)
Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation (Vice News. March 19, 2015)
The Jerry Brown-Phil Tagami Connection   (San Jose Mercury News, October 19, 2014 - pdf)
Air Pollution Controversy Swirls Around Oakland Army Base Development  (KQED News, May 6, 2014)
US Sec'y of Trans LaHood & Gov Brown Mark $15M Fed TIGER Grant for Oakland Port Army Base Project (Port of Oakland, Press Release, July 9, 2012)

Video (from Vice News story above)