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Published on Dec 1, 2012
Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) is suing the Federal Governemt to save it's small business..
Main points are: 1. Land was deeded to the Feds under the condition that existing businesses/farms be allowed on continue in perpetuity on 40 year renewable leases. 2. Feds falsified "scientific" data to show environmental damage and justify non-renewal of lease. 3. Making a deal with gov for conservation leases or other instruments to "protect" property is making a deal with the devil. The ultimate objective is to get people off the land.
In a campaign to drive a small family oyster farm out of business, the National Park Service and environmental groups have leveled many charges of serious environmental harm against the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Marin County. A video produced by an independent production crew sheds light on the bogus data a nationally-known scientist discovered upon investigation and the effect this campaign has had on this family farm.
The federal government has spent millions on the effort to oust the oyster farm from the spot on Drakes Estero it has occupied for decades. The Secretary of the Interior is scheduled to decide the oyster farm's fate in the next few weeks. The video shows incredible evidence of a smear campaign, a small business in peril and a family reeling from accusations the National Academy of Sciences concluded have no basis in fact.
Note: This video posted with permission. Video was produced prior to decision on Nov 28 of Ken Salazar to not renew the lease on the farm