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Salazar Shuts 100 Year-Old Oyster Farm. by The Elephant's Child


There they go again. Pandering to the environmental activists. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is using junk science,  to shut down the last operating oyster cannery in California.  The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been in business for over one hundred years, but the Interior Department has decided that the fourth generation family business was harming harbor seal pups and native plants, and wanted to return the coastal region in Marin County to its natural state.

The National Park Service purchased the land that housed the oyster operation in 1972, and the owner managed to reserve a right to continue it oyster operations through November 30, 2012. So another 30 people hit the unemployment rolls.

Many environmental organizations are headquartered in California, and the Sierra Club is one of the biggest, the most radical and the wealthiest. The Environmental activists always want nationalDrakes Bay Oysters parks enlarged, more land put into government control, and removed from either private or public use. Their interest is in returning all land to wilderness, cutting back on population, and putting it all in high rise cities, so the rest of the land can remain pristine. The business was popular and enjoyed strong community support, and million went into its protracted fight with the government.

Secretary of the Interior Salazar said “I’ve taken this matter very seriously. We’ve undertaken a robust public process to review the matter from all sides, and I have personally visited the park to meet with the company and members of the community, After careful consideration of the applicable law and policy, I have directed the National Park Service to allow the permit for the Drakes Ba Oyster Company to expire at the end of its current term and to return the Drakes Estero to the state of wilderness that Congress designated for it in 1967. I believe it is the right decision for Point Reyes National Seashore and for future generations who will enjoy this treasured landscape.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has accused Salazar of using junk science to close the last oyster fishery in California. “The National Park Service”s review process has been flawed from the beginning with misleading science which was also used in the Environmental Impact Statement.”

So there you go. Small historic business versus the Department of the Interior, The National Park Service, the Sierra Club, and probably lots of other environmentalist pressure. I love wilderness, and our National Parks but the Park Service cannot adequately care for the parks we have. The environmentalists have other agendas. And I’ve been to Point Reyes.


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For a like case of Junk science used to close a park please check out Cape HAtteras National Seashore and see how defenders of wildlife audobon and the southern environmental law center used fake counts to bump thier numbers and close miles of park beaches for the piping plover.


Comment by Larry D

The radical environmental movement is huge, very activist, and very wealthy. When both God and communism failed in Europe, many of the true believers switched their allegiance to the cause of environmentalism, which is why radical environmentalists are referred to as watermelons— green on the outside, red in the center. And because of their firm belief in Utopia, they envision a world returned to wilderness where all the nasty capitalism, ugly cities and annoying people are no longer allowed. The endangered species act has been a godsend for them. You might enjoy this article and this debate. The true believers are often no longer rational.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

And you know, Larry D. that the most annoying part of that whole thing is not the businesses that are suffering (a very nice lady who runs a B&B in Buxton, about a half-mile from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, says she may need to close during a part of the year when she used to stay full because of all the restrictions to beach access). It’s that most of the people who have gone to all of these lengths to close off significant portions of Cape Hatteras and Pea Island HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THE OUTER BANKS! Some small groups who were “concerned” about piping plover and sea turtle nesting areas prevailed on larger groups, and were able to bully the Dare County government to ask the park service to close off access (Hyde and Carteret counties received similar pressure, but have been more reluctant to cooperate… notice the difference between what’s going on in Dare County (Outer Banks down to Hatteras, NC) to the way the beaches are being handled on Ocracoke Island (Hyde County) and the Core Banks (Carteret County down to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks).).

I have a house in South Nags Head, and I follow what’s happening on this issue closely, and volunteer with the effort get these restrictions removed.


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