Insight Terminal Solutions Announces OBOT “Oakland Protocol” Coal Phase-In Ban Plan

Insight Terminal Solutions OBOT
(Last Updated On: January 15, 2020)

Oakland (sorta) – has announced a new and what it calls “forward-thinking” plan for the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal () coal transportation process. But, before we look at the plan, let’s recap what led to it.

UPDATE: Richmond Coal Ban Doesn’t Impact Insight Terminal Solutions Oakland Bulk And Oversized Terminal


The Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal is the development that was established by California Capital and Investment Group (CCIG) working with the City of Oakland in 2011. CCIG’s managing partner Phil Tagami’s idea was to revive a long-desired call for a bulk terminal to replace the closed Oakland Army Base. (And this blogger was there in 1991, when Oakland Sharing The Vision picked the deep-water bulk terminal port project as the number one priority for Oakland to implement.  One reason why Zennie62Media was secured by ITS to tell the true story.)

Lj Jennings
Note: Oakland pastor Reverend L.J. Jennings combats the new creeping anti-black media racism creeping into the discussion in an op-ed at The Oakland Post. Read it with a click here.


CCIG won the competition to replace the Oakland Army Base because the City of Oakland believed it offered the best chance to replace the low-skilled, well-paying jobs the military provided in West Oakland. Indeed, the has produced over 1,000 jobs to date, and is expected to add 400 construction jobs and 150 long-term union positions to Oakland employment rolls.

Feels The Tom Steyer Money Effect

Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer

But the project ran up against a political tide fueled by the giant spending effort of billionaire former coal and hedge fund investor Tom Steyer, who’s now running for President Of The United States. Steyer, who suddenly turned to push climate change legislation via funding existing and new non-profit environmental groups and giving big donations to California politicians, fueled a political climate that spooked many City of Oakland officials.

The result was that in 2016 an “Oakland Coal Ban” was passed by the Oakland City Council. But that piece of ill-advised legislation was ruled illegal in 2018, simply because the City of Oakland itself had helped write and then signed the development agreement! It was, essentially, reneging on its own deal.

That started a court battle that’s continued to go in CCIG / Phil Tagami / favor. The “Oakland Protocol”, announced in an article at The Oakland Post, is an effort to bring the legal battle to an end, and continue building .

What Is The “Oakland Protocol”?

John Siegel
John Siegel

According to CEO John Siegel, the “Oakland Protocol” is called “5-3-0”, where ITS will agree to limit the transportation of coal through to 5 million tons a year for the first 10 years of ’s operation, and 3 million tons per year for the next 10 years. After the initial 20 years of shipping, agrees not to ship any coal through the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal for the remainder of its 66-year lease.

Mr. Siegel told The Oakland Post “The phase out represents a 92 percent reduction in the amount of coal that could be shipped and eliminates coal by 2040, thereby beating the timetable in California Senate Bill 100 which would not make the state’s energy supply 100 percent carbon free until 2045.” The phase out gives ITS time to supplement and then replace coal with a variety of bulk commodities from grain, to soda ash, to wood chips, and in accordance with the original commodity hauling plan for , as explained in this video by Phil Tagami:

Low-Emission Oakland Global Rail Enterprise (OGRE) To Be Used With


Commodities will be brought into via the low-Emission Oakland Global Rail Enterprise (OGRE), and using covered rail hopper cars, that was introduced several months ago. Then, as the video above shows, a fully enclosed, semi-automated system will move coal from the cars to ships for delivery. “No one in Oakland will ever see, smell or breathe coal dust,” said Greg McConnell, an Oakland-based consultant for . “We want the Oakland Protocol to be the way the world’s commodities are shipped and handled in the future,” Siegel said.

“Oakland Initiatives Fund”

will also create the “Oakland Initiatives Fund” to develop resources to fund service programs in accordance with City of Oakland initiatives. Under the “Oakland Initiatives Fund”, ITS will deposit 50 cents per ton for all commodities shipped through the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal. estimates that $6 million to $7 million generated, annually. “Equally important, ITS will leave decisions on how to spend the money to community representatives,” said Siegel.

Stay tuned.


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