Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal 2013: City Touted Jobs, No Coal Fears

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2019)

At the Global groundbreaking, the talk was not about coal, but how the terminal facility would provide jobs for . As you will learn, that the facility would handle many commodities, including coal, was known, even then. But jobs were a central point of then Mayor Jean Quan’s statement to Zennie62Media at the Global groundbreaking, as one can see and hear, here:

And prior to the Global Groundbreaking, and in 2012, then Economic Development Director Fred Blackwell gave Zennie62Media this project update:

The Federal Government decommissioned the Army Base in 1999. After a decade and a half of strategic planning, the Army Base was approved to become a rail-served logistics center, which will include a multi-commodity bulk terminal, state-of-the-art warehouses and rail yards.

Two primary features of Global are the (OBOT), which is a multi-commodity, bulk marine terminal, and the Global Railroad Enterprise (OGRE). OBOT and OGRE are affiliates of CCIG.

The approval process for this project is one of the longest and most public in the history of the City of . 251 public meetings were held; the project addressed City Council more than 51 times; the project garnered 128 permits for infrastructure;and 76 permits are required for the marine terminal.

In April 2014, , the project developer, was part of a group that entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement and then a development agreement to develop and operate the .

Economic Impact Of Global: Global has established an unprecedented community benefits package, which stipulates that of at least half of construction hours and hires for ongoing operations be allocated for residents, with a hiring prioritization on West residents. Once fully built-out and operational, Global is projected to create 11,970 jobs,including up to $300 million annually in regional employment income*.

Commitment to Environmental Protection: Global commends and embraces California and ’s commitment to lead by example and set extraordinary GHG emissions reduction mandates. The project’s operations will set the standard for compliance with those mandates. In addition to the 204 permits issued for the project, Global is subject to more than 660 mitigation mandates and conditions of approval by the City of and the Port of , including the establishment of a strict air quality regimen in compliance with regulations of BAAQMD.

At all times, operations and commodities processed at Global will be subject to and in compliance with federal, state, regional and local laws and regulations

Global has been monitoring air quality around the project since October 2013 and early results show air quality and emissions related to Port operations in and around the project will be improved under the project’s operating standards.

Commitment to Health and Safety: The health and safety of workers and neighbors in the community is the project’s number one priority. We emphasize health and safety in all aspects of the workplace and are designing practices and procedures using industry best practices and standards.

Shipment Commodities for the : To feasibly operate and meet established expectations of the multi-commodity, bulk-shipping market as well as be commercially viable, a terminal must have the ability and capacity to handle any of the more than 15,000 commodities legally shipped throughout the world.

Stay tuned.

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