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DECEMBER 3, 2012                                                                           Mary Beth Hutchins or Briton Bennett




“We are …fighting…against a federal government that seems to value lies over the truth and special interests over the welfare of a community,” – Kevin Lunny, owner, DBOC



MARIN COUNTY, CA – Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) Owner Kevin Lunny announces today a continued effort to fight for his family’s business that was shut down by the National Park Service on November 30.  Retaining the help of government accountability group Cause of Action as well as Stoel Rives LLP, DBOC released the following statement today from Kevin Lunny:


“We have been a dedicated small family farm for four generations in the West Marin community and when we purchased Drakes Bay Oyster Company seven years ago, we saw an opportunity to revive a part of our community that would provide local jobs, sustainable products for local businesses, and a positive long-term impact on the Bay itself.


The National Park Service has not just shut down our business, but has misrepresented the law, our contracts with the State of California, and the results of scientific studies.


Our family business is not going to sit back and let the government steam roll our community, which has been incredibly supportive of us. We are exploring possible responses to the National Park Service and will be taking legal action against them soon.  We are not walking away, instead we are fighting for our community, our employees, and our family against a federal government that seems to value lies over the truth and special interests over the welfare of a community.”


Cause of Action’s Executive Director Dan Epstein explained why his organization is dedicated to this fight:


“Cause of Action fights federal agencies every day that are abusing their power, ignoring law and procedure, and wasting taxpayer dollars. We aim to hold the National Park Service accountable for their treatment of the Lunny family and the Drakes Bay Oyster Company as we view their actions as a disregard for law and precedent that demands accountability.

We are working with the Lunny family on the best legal strategies moving forward.”



About Cause of Action:

Cause of Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses investigative, legal, and communications tools to educate the public on how government accountability and transparency protects taxpayer interests and economic opportunity. For more information, visit www.causeofaction.org.



To schedule an interview with Dan Epstein, Cause of Action’s Executive Director, contact Mary Beth Hutchins, mary.beth.hutchins@causeofaction.org or Briton Bennett, briton.bennett@causeofaction.org, at 202-499-4232.



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  1. Someone needs to set up a Facebook page…and let people know where to donate for legal costs, etc.

  2. Dean and Kathie Hart

     /  December 4, 2012

    We fully support Mr. Lunny in fighting this miss guided decision by Mr. Salazar. Keep an environmentally sound small business operating in Drakes Bay, West Marin. Remick and Kathie Hart

  3. LK

     /  December 4, 2012

    I look forward to seeing the COA and the Lunny family holding the GOV. accountable in this so confusing era of ineqalities in actions of our Government in the wake of the Wall Street disaster and when large corporations and/or special interests groups are using $$$ to influence our elected officials and their appointed officials to invoke special adjendas that inappropriately direct our nation in ways that are completely in violation the very just values on which our country and government were orginally founded.

  4. deborah strasser

     /  December 4, 2012

    Go for it! I wish you success!

    Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 14:55:46 +0000 To: strasserseven@hotmail.com

  5. I guess you didn’t vote for the current administration. the way things seem now days that is the only way you get things done. I support you as well I put the information and video on my face book page. please set one up. I will link to it. This needs national attention.


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