Your Call: Utah coal stirs up concerns in Oakland

Mar 29, 2016

On the March 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss plans to export coal from Utah to Oakland. 

In an attempt to save Utah’s declining coal industry, the state approved a $53 million dollar loan to help build a commodity export terminal in West Oakland. Through Oakland, Utah’s coal will reach overseas markets. Supporters say it will protect jobs in Utah and bring new jobs to Oakland. Opponents are critical of the environmental costs and the legality of the deal. Where do you stand? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Darwin BondGraham, staff reporter for the East Bay Express

Larry Kamer, spokesperson for Oakland Global

Jessica Yarnall Loarie, staff attorney for the Sierra Club

Web Resources:
 

The Salt Lake Tribune: Proponents buried coal’s role in Oakland export terminal; now questions remain

Deseret News: Coal story: It's about Utah, California and what lies ahead

The Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Legislature OKs $53 million cash swap to fund Oakland coal port

The East Bay Express: Utah Lawmakers Voting to Spend Public Funds on Oakland Coal Terminal Took $29,000 from Company that Stands to Profit

KQED News: Oakland City Council Moves to Block Coal at New Port Terminal

Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter: Fight for a Coal-free Oakland