On Tuesday, May 15, a federal judge struck down a local ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal through an Oakland, California, export terminal that U.S. miners see as a key link to overseas markets.

The ban enacted by the city in 2014 violates a development agreement, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said.

At question was whether the coal ban violated an agreement between the developer of a bulk-loading terminal near the city’s port, Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal LLC (OBOT), and the city of Oakland.

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