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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.

Port of Oakland plan for ex-Army Base takes a step forward

From a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland commissioners have given initial approval to a landmark deal with CenterPoint Properties for a logistics center at the former base. The tentative agreement caps nearly 15 years of planning for the most-anticipated Port growth project ever. Port officials said today that the agreement includes […]

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Anti-coal activists dressed as zombies in protest of Oakland’s controversial coal development

Photo by Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group

From the East Bay Times:

Michael Kaufman’s Halloween costume this year had a political message to it.

“I’m a no coal in Oakland zombie,” he said, his face covered in dust-colored makeup. “This is a coal-pocalypse.”

Kaufman is a member of the No Coal in Oakland group, […]

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Bulk terminal operator sues City of Oakland over coal ban

From American Shipper:

Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal (OBOT) has sued the City of Oakland in federal court after facing strong opposition from environmentalists and others who oppose coal exports through the new bulk handling terminal OBOT wants to build.

OBOT accused the Oakland City Council of an “unconstitutional abuse of its power.”

OBOT is […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Exporters aim to capitalize on Oakland port’s stronger rail link

From the Journal of Commerce:

Exports in the first quarter of 2016 increased 19.9 percent compared with the first three months of 2015, according to statistics published on the port’s website. As is normally the case, Oakland’s exports were higher than imports.

Oakland is proceeding with its multi-year plans to redevelop the former Oakland […]

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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 […]

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How China’s growing appetite is transforming an American port

The Diplomat holds development at the Port of Oakland as ‘evidence of China’s growing appetite for American agricultural products.’

Excerpts from The Diplomat:

From forks to iPhones to couches, “Made in China” products fill American stores. U.S. ports typically import far more from China than they export, but Oakland stands as a rare exception. […]

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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 […]

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Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Several ILWU representatives spoke against coal exports — but in favor of other bulk products — at the Oakland City Council on Sept 21. Katrina Booker, ILWU Local 10 longshorewoman, said she’d seen the negative health effects of coal and that developers should instead export cleaner, safer cargoes from the terminal.

Opposition to coal is […]

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Oakland Longshore Workers Say No to Coal

”Waterfront space is in short supply on the West Coast, and it would be a mistake to lock Oakland into a decades-long lease with a coal industry that many say is dying,” said ILWU Local 34 President Sean Farley.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

Unionized longshore workers and marine clerks at the Ports of […]

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Oakland longshore workers oppose shipping coal at new terminal

From the Contra Costa Times:

Longshore workers at the Port of Oakland are opposing a developer’s plan to ship coal to Asia through a new terminal at the old Army Base.

Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 and Local 34 voted to oppose the handling of coal at a new bulk maritime […]

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Longshore Workers vote to oppose coal exports in Oakland

Oakland shouldn’t become the dumping ground for dirty, low value cargoes rejected at other ports, union says. There are better cargoes for that location that will bring good waterfront jobs to Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 18, 2015) – Longshore workers and marine clerks who have moved cargo at the Ports of Oakland and […]

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Port of Oakland adopts $470 million budget for FY 2016

Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners has approved a $470 million Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the Port of Oakland. It takes effect July 1.

The Port budget includes $167 million for capital improvements, including $32 million for continuing development of Port property at the former Oakland Army Base. The Port is constructing a major West […]

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Port of Oakland short on its funding for Army base overhaul

The Port of Oakland’s redevelopment zone is highlighted in blue; the City of Oakland’s is highlighted in green. Phase One of the army base renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Due to the port’s shortfall, things look dicey for the finance of Phase Two, which includes a new intermodal […]

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