National Parks Traveler:
“… the California Democrat [Senator Dianne Feinstein] … says the Park Service relied on data collected by New Jersey State Police 17 years ago in describing noise from the oyster company’s boats.”
As proof the senator points to a June 2011 version of the seashore’s draft Environmental Impact Statement on the oyster company’s operations. In that document there’s a table pertaining to “noise generation” from oyster company boats operating in Drakes Estero at Point Reyes. The table clearly states that the source for “sound estimations” came from New Jersey State Police tests on marine craft from 1995.
“I am frankly stunned that after all the controversy over past abuse of science on this issue, Park Service employees would feel emboldened to once again fabricate the science in building a case against the oyster company,” wrote the senator in a letter (attached below) sent Thursday. “I can only attribute this conduct to an unwavering bias against the oyster company and historic ranches.”
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