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Oakland’s ban on shipping coal struck down; will help Utah

This file photo shows the former Oakland Army base pier at left and the Port of Oakland at lower right. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

A California judge has struck down a city ordinance in Oakland that kept Utah coal out.

The Federal judge said the city failed to prove that handling and storing coal was a threat to the public.

In fact, he said the city’s record was full of inaccuracies and erroneous assumptions and faulty analysis.

A Carbon County commissioner says this is a victory for coal country jobs and the state of Utah, because now Utah can ship coal through Oakland’s port to Asia and beyond.

A terminal there could load up to 10 million tons of Utah coal a year.

Oakland officials still don’t want it. They say they are discussing their options.

Read more in the Deseret News here