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U.S. Judge Blocks Oakland Port's Ban on Coal Shipments

  • U.S. miners see terminal as key link to overseas markets
  • Coal ban part of broad environmental push to thwart shipments
Port Of Oakland As Smaller Trade Gap Puts U.S. On Stronger Growth Path

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A federal judge struck down a local ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal though 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 Tuesday in a 37-page ruling.