News: California Adds Hurdles to Utah Coal Export Plan

Michael Orton Utah Political Capitol May 1, 2016 While the Utah legislature ended their regular session for 2016 in March, the California legislature has continued their normal legislative meetings and began deliberations that advance further restrictions to Utah’s coal exporting plan, previously codified into authorizations by the state and four …

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Op-Ed: In our opinion: State officials should hit ‘pause’ on coal project

Opinion The Deseret News April 13, 2016 As state officials prepare to go ahead with a $53 million investment in a California port to facilitate exports of coal and other materials, some new data about the global coal market ought to give those officials pause, if not lead them to …

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News: Could Legal Issues Sink Oakland Coal Port Plan?

Evan Hall UPR March 23, 2016 Critics of a proposed $53 million California coal terminal allege that the loan given for the project violates federal and state law. Funding in the form of SB 246 was approved by the Utah legislature two weeks ago. Federal law states that mineral lease …

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News: Independent experts to examine Utah coal counties’ plan to invest in California export terminal

Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune April 6, 2016 State officials are looking for independent consultants to evaluate Utah’s proposed investment in a California export terminal — a plan that has sparked controversy in both states from critics who question the environmental impact of shipping coal and future demand for …

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News: Utah official who helped arrange loan to ship coal through California resigns

William Yardley The Los Angeles Times April 7, 2016 A Utah official who quietly helped arrange a $53-million loan using public money so that coal-producing counties in his state could export coal to Asia through a terminal planned for San Francisco Bay has resigned his position as head of the …

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News: Utah guv signs bills on power regulation, porn and lands lawsuit

Robert Gehrke The Salt Lake Tribune March 30, 2016 A bill to help Rocky Mountain Power recoup its spending on power purchases that was all but dead on the last night of the legislative session is now law, after it was signed Wednesday by Gov. Gary Herbert. Herbert also signed …

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News: Herbert signs controversial Rocky Mountain Power legislation

Amy Joi O’Donoghue The Deseret News March 30, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a massive bill involving Rocky Mountain Power on Wednesday, signaling his intent to allow a five-year pilot project to prove its merits or unravel in failure. Modified four times and the subject …

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News: Proponents buried coal’s role in Oakland export terminal; now questions remain

Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune March 27, 2016 As financier Jeffrey Holt urged Utah’s Community Impact Fund to loan $53 million in public money to build an export shipping terminal in Oakland, Calif., he never said the word “coal” or mentioned Bowie Resource Partners. Holt sought the loan at …

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