Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson is taking a strong stand against the building of a coal terminal in Oakland.
“The health of our children, families, and greater community is very important to me,” said Carson, who represents District 5, which includes West Oakland where the terminal would be built.
“Importing coal further compounds the risk of exposure to toxins, and I do not support the transport of coal through the Port of Oakland,” he said in a statement sent to the Oakland.
Carson’s aide Elaine Brown discussed the supervisor’s opposition to the terminal at a West Oakland meeting of faith leaders and community members Jan. 25 at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, 732 Willow St. in West Oakland.
Oakland City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposed terminal this month, followed by a decision whether to go ahead with the project.
The terminal, which has the backing of some groups who say that it will be a jobs creator, potentially faces a number of legal challenges.