News: Utah Legislature OKs $53 million cash swap to fund Oakland coal port

Lee Davidson
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 10, 2016

Legislators approved a fund-swapping scheme Thursday to commit $53 million to help build a deep-water port in California in the belief the project will allow Utah to sell coal and other products overseas.

Critics have called it a suspect “shell game,” and it has sparked an outcry from environmental groups in California and Utah that say such coal shipments would further global warming and question if there is a market for such exports.

But the House gave final passage to SB246 on a 52-17 vote and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert, who is expected to sign it.

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