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Community Impact Board and Utah Counties Hope to Use Public Funds to Subsidize Infrastructure for Corporate Operations

December 04, 2018
by John Weisheit

COMMUNITY IMPACT BOARD WEBSITE (Utah Workforce Sevices: Housing and Community Development)
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2015, August: Utah Groups Join Oakland in Opposing Coal Export Plan

  • Click here to read San Francisco Baykeeper files lawsuit against proposed Oakland Coal Terminal
  • Click here to read the press release from the NGO coalition
  • Click here to read the letter from the NGO coalition to Utah's Community Impact Board (CIB)
  • Click here to read the story in the East Bay Express by Darwin BondGraham
  • Click here to read the letter from EarthJustice
  • Click here to read why the residents of Oakland are opposed to coal exports

GRAMA Requests

  • Click here to read Jeff Holt's email to CIB.
  • Click here to read letter from BMO Capital Markets to county commissioners

October 22, 2015: Citizens of eastern Utah submit letter to Utah's Attorney General on use of CIB funds for proposed coal transport facility in Oakland, CA

The Board of Utah's Community Impact Fund (mineral lease money) is considering the approval of a loan of $53 million to build a corporate coal transport facility at a port terminal in Oakland, California. And now, Utah representatives and senators, with a nod from the governor, plan to launder the money through a state transportation fund.

  • Click here to read letter to Utah's Attorney General concerning use of CIB funds for development of a coal transport facility in Oakland, California
  • Click here to read this blog by Bill Rau at On The Colorado
  • Click here to read 1993 opinion by Attorney General of Utah about CIB funds
  • Click here to read 1984 opinion by Attorney General of Utah about CIB funds
  • Click here for more information
  • Click here to read OpEd by Deseret News Editorial Board: "Coal Port Has Too Many Red Flags."
  • Click here to read "Utah Lawmakers Voting to Spend Public Funds on Oakland Coal Terminal; Took $29,000 from Company that Stands to Profit by Darwin BondGraham of East Bay Express
  • Click here to read this story (March 9, 2016) by Christopher Coats of SNL News called Utah Bill Shifts Funding For Oakland Coal Port; Critics Call It Money Laundering.
  • Click here to read this OpEd from the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Click here to read this story by Molly Marcello┬á in the Moab Times Independent
  • Click here to read this story by Darwin BondGraham in the East Bay Express
  • Click here to read this story in the Public News Service
  • Click here to read this story by Brian Maffly of the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Click here to read this story by William Yardley of the LA Times called "How Utah Quietly Made Plans to Ship Coal Through California"

2016, June: Groups write U.S. Attorney General asking for investigation of coal shipping terminal deal
  • Click here to read NGO Press Release: Oakland Coal Export Terminal
  • Click here to read the LETTER from Earthjustice on behalf of their clients
  • Click here to read this story by Molly Marcello of Moab Times-Independent
  • Click here to read this story by Ben Lockhart of The Deseret News
  • Click here to read this story by Manuel Qui├▒ones of E & E News
  • Click here to read this story by Brian Maffly of Salt Lake Tribune
  • Click here to read the minutes of Utah's CIB meeting of April 2016

2018, May: Utah Scraps $53 Million Plan to Ship Coal to Oakland
  • Click here to read this story by David DeBolt of the East Bay Times
  • May 15, 2018 - AP story about the result of the developer's lawsuit HERE.
  • And this story by Brian Maffly of the Sal Lake Tribune HERE
  • Click here to read this story called Coal Industry Attorneys Threaten to Sue Oakland Over Records
  • Click here to read this story by Molly Marcello of the Moab Times Independent
  • Click here to read about Oakland's City Council Ban from William Yardley of the LA Times
  • Click here to read this High Country News article by Sarah Troy


 


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