The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected [...]


California State Senate approves bill restricting taxpayer funding for Oakland-style coal projects

For the second time in two days, the California Senate approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to block projects like the one that threatens to make Oakland the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Specifically, SB 1279 states that the California Transportation Commission will not allocate state funds for projects proposed after Jan. [...]


Arch Coal sells stake in Washington terminal in another blow to coal exports

Arch Coal announced the sale of its stake in the Millennium Bulk Terminal, ending the bankrupt mining giant’s involvement in an export facility once viewed as the future of the American coal industry.

Lighthouse Resources Inc., a co-developer in the terminal, will acquire Arch’s 38 percent stake in the Longview, Wash., development and assume sole [...]


Permit denied for Gateway Pacific coal terminal in Washington State

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday denied the permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. Domestic coal markets continue to falter, coal companies operating here are going bankrupt, and Gateway Pacific was the single largest hope coal producers in the basin had for selling coal overseas.

More at MTPR


Arch Coal paid execs $8M in bonuses on eve of bankruptcy

Hufbauer called the $8.12 million payout to executives on the eve of bankruptcy ‘really suspicious.’

Arch Coal Inc. paid its top executives more than $8 million in bonuses the business day before the company filed for bankruptcy in January, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri filings published last week.

Securities [...]


Utah lawmakers pass bill to subsidize coal exports through Port of Oakland

A Utah proposal to invest more than $50 million in taxpayer funds for a coal shipping facility at the Port of Oakland cleared that state’s Legislature on Thursday and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Terminal Logistics Solutions wants to build a $250 million bulk commodities terminal at the former Oakland Army Base [...]


Port of Stockton registers record year for ship arrivals

The Port of Stockton specializes in bulk shipping. The Central Valley Business Journal reports that there were 245 ship arrivals at the port last year, compared with just 100 during the recession in 2009.

For the second year in a row, the Port of Stockton set a record for ship arrivals in 2015. Overall, [...]


Changes afoot for U.S. coal industry

With the U.S. coal sector showing signs of weakness, the Interior Department is pausing new coal leases and launching a review of the federal coal program.

In his final State of the Union address earlier this week, President Barack Obamasaid the nation’s energy policy priorities should focus on a transition away from “old, dirtier energy [...]


Arch Coal, partner in proposed Longview coal export terminal, files for bankruptcy

Arch Coal, the nation’s second-largest coal producer, and a partner in the proposed Millennium Bulk coal-export terminal in Longview, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. Its filing means producers of 25 percent of America’s coal are now in bankruptcy.

The company blamed a steep drop in coal prices, increased federal pollution requirements and falling demand [...]


Editorial: Tagami should abandon plans to ship coal through Oakland

Excerpts from the Contra Costa Times:

The environmental review for the terminal project did not examine the effects of coal shipments because they weren’t an option being discussed.

Now, Tagami thinks nothing of breaking his promises when money stares him in the face. Four Utah counties are prepared to invest $53 million into the terminal [...]


How Utah quietly made plans to ship coal through California

Excerpts from the Los Angeles Times:

LA Times reported that Jeffrey Holt, UDOT chairman, urged leaders to mislead Oakland’s decision makers on the true intended use of the terminal. ”The key concept is — This is a bulk terminal, many commodities can and will go through the terminal,” he wrote in April in his [...]


Arch Coal debt fight heats up as group said to hire adviser

A battle among Arch Coal Inc. creditors is intensifying as the miner prepares for a potential bankruptcy filing.

A group of middle-tier bondholders hired law firm Brown Rudnick LLP to help protect their investments as the miner moves toward restructuring its $5.1 billion of debt in court proceedings, according to a person with knowledge of [...]


California coal terminal not a legitimate use of Utah millions, groups say

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Utah’s proposed $53 million investment in an Oakland, Calif., export terminal is a flagrant abuse of community-impact funds that not only violates federal and state law, but will also subsidize private coal mining corporations and out-of-state developers at the expense of Utah taxpayers and local governments.

That’s according to two [...]


Utah Attorney General gets request to stop funds for Oakland Export Terminal

Excerpts from the Moab Times:

In an Oct. 22 letter to Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, Moab attorney Christina Sloan asserted that under state and federal law, Community Impact Fund Board (CIB)-funded projects must be public infrastructure or services that are open and available to the citizens.

The Utah Attorney General’s office confirmed that [...]


Oakland coal terminal becomes a political flash point

From the Wall Street Journal:

A proposal that could make this city a gateway for Utah coal to be shipped overseas has become a political flash point and put pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor known for his warnings on climate change, to come out against the project.

But the idea of coal [...]