Assignment 7

Controversial oyster farm report may be delayed

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A controversial report about an oyster farm at Point Reyes may be delayed because of charges the park service has not been objective.

The battle over Drake's Bay Oyster Company has stretched over four years. The farm is on park land and has been ordered to close next year. The National Park Service has claimed the farm is harming seals, but some scientists are challenging that claim.

Now Sen. Dianne Feinstein is asking the park service to delay an environmental impact report for one month while an independent review is conducted. The senator sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, saying, "I fear that if the Department of the Interior does not stand behind the independent analysis... It will be another example of a lack of credibility at the Point Reyes National Seashore." The park service says it is cooperating with the review but still plans on releasing its report this month.

 

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