The Sovereign Speaks…

…and an award winning, sustainable business dies (via Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air):

Hey, no bigs. It’s just a 100-year-old company and California’s only surviving cannery, a sustainable, family-owned operation employing 30 people. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been in a seven-year fight with the federal government and environmental groups over whether it’s 40-year lease would be renewed this week. The Lunny family, which owns the oyster farm, was among a group of families that sold their ranch lands to the National Parks Service in the 1970s to protect them from developers, with the understanding they would get 40-year-leases renewed in perpetuity. After buying and operating the oyster farm without incident— they were even featured as outstanding environmental stewards by the National Parks Service— the Lunnys learned in 2005 they were accused of bringing environmental damage to an area the NPS and environmentalists were anxious to designate as the nation’s first federally recognized marine wilderness.

Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar decided todaythe farm’s lease will not be renewed, despite some support for it from from Sen. Dianne Feinstein and serious questions raised by scientists about the research used to impugn the Lunnys.

“After careful consideration of the applicable law and policy, I have directed the National Park Service to allow the permit for the Drakes Bay 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 1976,” Salazar said in a statement. “I believe it is the right decision for Point Reyes National Seashore and for future generations who will enjoy this treasured landscape.”

Please take 20 minutes to watch this video, a mini-documentary on how the federal government can bully a conscientious, small business into non-existence. It will make you sick to your stomach, especially as Corey Goodman, a member of the National Academy of Science and the California Council on Science and Technology, outlines the lengths to which the feds went to make it look as though Drakes Bay Oyster Co. was a polluter.

Can’t happen in America, right?

More evidence of the new Leviathan.

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9 thoughts on “The Sovereign Speaks…

  1. So…your siding with the evil witch of the west- Dianne Feinstein? After all- it was slipping a rider onto another bill that even opened the possibility of an extension of the lease. Overturning- without discussion or a vote the acts of congress creating Pt Reyes National Seashore and originally giving the 40 year lease.

    and let’s be clear here- the original company is long gone- they were shut down over numerous problems. It (the company and its lease) was purchased 7 years ago- with full knowledge that it only had the legal right to operate for 7 years- with no option to extend it. Which of course- is why the company was bought for pennies on the dollar…

    So- goodbye, and good riddance. This land was set aside for the enjoyment of americans for generations to come.

    • @drugstheasshat – earning his nickname every day.

      Just like Imam Greg yesterday, our comrade here can’t seem to read beyond the headlines and offers up the most superficial of comments because the headlines seem to agree with his bias. While it is true that the company was purchased 7 years ago, it is the same company assets that were in existence 100 years ago (an important point that I will get to later) and it was bought by a family, so the assertion that it it a 100 year old, family owned business is absolutely and incontrovertibly true.

      The important distinction about it being a “company” is that the agreements were made between the government and the company, not between the company and any individual. As such, any sort of agreements survive the sale – as they did in this case as evidenced by the fact that the lease was not revoked or renegotiated immediately at the point of title transfer of the assets.

      Why would a family buy a business that they knew might be forced out of operation by a denial of the lease renewal?

      The answer is that they wouldn’t. The purchase was at least partially based on assurances by the Park Service in 1998 and again in 2004 that, in the words of the Park Service representative to the former owner’s bank:

      “The park does intend ‘long term’ continuation of the oyster farm.”

      That information is readily available in the documentation – which I read BEFORE making this post.

      As far as the “pollution” and my agreement with DiFi – I am not so ideologically blind that I reflexively oppose people with different political affiliations. I do have strong beliefs and I do call politicians out when I think they cross the line but in this case, she was right to do what she did. She inserted a rider to a bill, which is done BEFORE a vote is taken, so there was discussion and a vote, and she too, has concerns about the data used to kill the lease – for as big a supporter of the environmental movement as Diane, to say something like this to support a business in a dispute with the Park Service should cause people to notice:

      While the report did not specifically accuse anyone of misconduct, it raised serious questions about governmental misuse of scientific data.

      “I find it troubling and unacceptable that the National Park Service exaggerated the effects of the oyster population on the … ecosystem,” U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote in a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

      In fact, the farm, which operates under a federal lease until 2012, had no demonstrable negative impacts on the bay’s ecosystem, harbor seals or native eelgrass, biologists with the independent National Research Council found.

      The findings were widely seen as vindication for the oyster company, which has been embroiled in a rancorous dispute with the Park Service over its impact on the pristine estuary along the Point Reyes National Seashore.

      @drugs proves, once again, that he is a certifiable liberal asshat.

  2. This makes me sick, as a customer of this biz, as a former, fellow CA small Biz owner. I don’t think I can watch the video. Well, if they’re not going to get their lease renewed seems like the National Park Svc should let them buy their land back…..at the 1970′s price. BTW, my husband always said they had the best oysters.

    This is why people hate the government, this is why my ancestors hated the British. We all know how well that worked out. Just tonight I was reading Samuel Leavitts Revolutionary War Diary-MARCH TO WEST POINT. I swear, sometimes lately I don’t which century I’m reading about, which revolution’s fermenting here on my iPad.

    Just a matter of time now, history repeating itself.

  3. Misuse of data, after misuse of data, after misuse of data, after misuse of data . . .

    20 Million dollars spent……

    . . . agendas justify the means ….

    ANYTIME: There is a group of people “the ends justify the means”…

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