Appellate Court Appears Ready to Rule Against Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco appears to be ready to rule against a controversial oyster farm in Point Reyes, according to reporters and environmentalists who attended today’s hearing. Scott Graham, a longtime, respected journalist for the The Recorder legal newspaper, tweeted after the hearing: “Sounds like win for the govt and enviros.” And Pamela MacLean of Trial Insider wrote, ” The days may be numbered for the popular Drakes Bay Oyster farm, if the questions Tuesday from three judges on 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are any indication.” The Obama administration and environmentalists want the courts to uphold then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s decision last fall to not renew Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s lease in Point Reyes in order to make way for the first marine wilderness on the West Coast.

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