The proposed Oakland coal export terminal – an environmental justice battleground heats up!

Source: Sierra Club
We have covered the Oakland coal terminal EJ battle in previous blog posts.  Much has happened in the last week, so it’s time for an update!

Last week Earthjustice filed suit to force a new environmental review of the proposed coal terminal on behalf of Communities for a Better Environment, the Sierra Club, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Baykeeper, and other groups.  This use was not contemplated when the first environmental review was conducted.

For more information on this controversy, check out the two excellent articles on the Oakland coal terminal fight published yesterday.  

The first is a blog post written by Irene Gutierrez, an associate attorney with Earthjustice.  It highlights the impact the terminal and coal trains could have on the overburdened neighborhoods of West Oakland, and the seminal role of Margaret Gordon of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and other community activists.  

The second article, written by journalist Raven Rakia for the excellent Grist web site, provides an excellent history of the battle.

Keeping Coal out of Oakland, Earthjustice

With the threat of coal exports, Oakland piles more pollution on a polluted community, Grist

Or learn more about the lawsuit:

Environmentalists file lawsuit to stop coal being shipped through Oakland, Contra Costa Times

Baykeeper Challenges Oakland Coal Export Terminal in Court, Baykeeper