Jules Michel 
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Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Tom, It would be more appropriate to characterize your statement about the 1955 study as simply being wrong. Nowhere in the 1955 study which you reference is the type of oyster being grown described.

Jane, Congress could have acted on your voluminous speeches and letters numerous times over the years and allowed the oyster farm to exist as they did the cattle ranches and dairy farms. They consciously, with full awareness, chose not to. In fact, what they chose to do was give the Secretary the discretion to decide what to do, not tell him to issue a permit as proposed by Feinstein. California's position is clearly spelled out in their lease with DBOC - it ends when the Federal permit ends.

As for the Potomac, as mentioned to Tom, Drakes Estero in not Chesapeake Bay.

13 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jules Michel on 04/15/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Tom, As I said, you do your "profession" a disservice spinning this as you do. Your fantasy of oysters saving Drakes Estero from your perceived tsunami of sludge only shows the desperation which exists within your ranks. The only thing people supported was allowing a ROU to run to its end, after which the contiguous marine wilderness congress created as law would be completed. A marine wilderness without one family's commercial operation sitting in the middle of it.

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Posted by Jules Michel on 04/14/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Mr. Kent, Drakes Estero is part of the Philip Burton Wilderness Area. Acres of plastic bags to grow non-native Manila clams and acres of pressure treated wood racks on which non-native Pacific oysters are grown do not make Drakes Estero a "pristine and unspoiled" body of water. Further, Drakes Estero is not the Chesapeake Bay, whose 9+ major rivers flow through a watershed of an estimated population of 17 million people. This operation was purchased knowing full well its ROU ended in 2011 with little possibility of any renewal, and that without any Federal permit the lease with California would end. PR people such as yourself trying to spin this into a "we the 'little' people" battle against the "big bad Feds" does a disservice to your profession.

25 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Jules Michel on 04/14/2014 at 3:52 PM

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