08-07-13 Marinscope Drakes Requests Reconsideration of Misrepresentations by CCC

“Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a motion last week in Marin County Superior Court requesting alleged misrepresentations made by the California Coastal Commission are reconsidered before the court makes its final ruling.

‘Those allegations have been repeatedly proven false by the nation’s top scientists, and many are refuted by the Commission’s own reports,” Lunny said. “We respectfully request that the court consider all of the evidence before making its final decision.’”

 

Drakes requests reconsideration

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 5:33 pm

By Marinscope staff | 0 comments

Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a motion last week in Marin County Superior Court requesting alleged misrepresentations made by the California Coastal Commission are reconsidered before the court makes its final ruling.

The motion aims to correct four false assertions about the environmental harm of the oyster farm made by the CCC in February 2013. The motion claims the CCC has presented no data to back up its assertions.

 “These misrepresentations by the Coastal Commission are the same false charges that have been leveled for years by the Park Service,” Drakes owner Kevin Lunny said.

First, the motion refutes a claim that Drakes has exceeded the shellfish-production limits of a consent order issued in 2007.

Second, it refutes a claim that Drakes’ boats operate too close to neighboring harbor seals.

Third, the motion refutes a claim that the oyster farm is “throwing garbage” into the Estero, clarifying that the plastic materials that wash up on shore are from the open ocean and a previous owner. Lastly, it challenges the assertion made by the CCC that Drakes is damaging the ecology of Drakes Estero.

“Those allegations have been repeatedly proven false by the nation’s top scientists, and many are refuted by the Commission’s own reports,” Lunny said. “We respectfully request that the court consider all of the evidence before making its final decision.”

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