Victoria Hanson 
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Re: “UPDATED: BREAKING NEWS: US Secretary Salazar Decides that Drakes Bay Oyster Company Should Close

Secretary Salazar now stands among the heroes who've struggled for decades to protect this magnificent place from the ceaseless onslaught of short-sighted developers.
May Kevin Lunny bless us with a tiny bit of respite, before slipping his next ace from the bottom of the deck. In 2006 he agreed, "The park administration has told us they’re not going to renew our lease in 2012 ... Well if that’s what the people of the United States want, that’s what they’re going to get. ... When people know and the people decide. I think we’ll be fine with that." Let's see if his word is good, this time.
Thank you Senator Boxer, Bingaman, Wyden, Udall and Congressman Markey. Please ask Senator Feinstein to update her information. It's a disgrace that our Senior Senator persists in slandering opponents of her pet enterprise and spreads ridiculous falsehoods, like her myth of the 100-year-old family business. From the initial tests in 1934 this commercial exploitation has been corporate and industrial, albeit with deceptively Mom&Pop PR. The current assault on law, science and reason has been promoted by a shadowy network of right-wing, anti-regulatory foundations with links to the likes of the Koch brothers. Voting Republican is one thing, but what does it say about a family who actually 'LIKES' Mitt Romney on FaceBook, as the Lunny women do?

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Posted by Victoria Hanson on 11/29/2012 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Drakes Bay Oyster Company Is Still Illegal

It's hard to take seriously Arugala's transparent use of the 3-D strategy - deny, delay, defy - to confuse and block anyone else's concern for saving this ONE, unique, irreplaceably beautifully intricate coastal marine environment.

His lame list of justifications for the oyster company's lawless disregard for promises, contracts, cease and desist orders, and his video link sneak such a slick set of sketchy accusations of 'bias' against the entire host of honest and honorable scientists and concerned citizens. It all sounds implausible. And his facts are wrong - he exaggerates the legacy and honor of one side and entirely disregards or distorts the hazards of killing sane control of OUR fully paid for public land. Congress' declaration 40 years ago promised Drakes Estero wilderness protection. It's now or never. Arugala and DBOC may want all OUR public property exploited for profit, but the vast majority of Americans value our very Best Idea - National Parks Wild and Free!

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Posted by Victoria Hanson on 11/18/2012 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Drakes Bay Oyster Company Is Still Illegal

At last Ms. Rolph - one of DBOC's new-media shills - reveals her allegiance to Pacific Legal Foundation - the most notorious corporate troll constantly scheming to defeat environmental laws! This mini-tea-party tempest is a disgrace to the whole Bay Area. If Ms. Rolph did any fact-checking she would know the decades-long struggle to get renegade oyster operators into compliance with local, state and Federal laws that everyone else abides by. Check the 1991 interagency meetings about harbor seal harassment! The faces change but the political patronage to evade agreements and harass whistleblowers continue. At the 11th hour DBOC is lobbying overtime. ONLY ending this tenancy on OUR fully paid for public land will end this sociopathic nightmare dressed up as 'sustainable steward' fantasy.

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Posted by Victoria Hanson on 11/14/2012 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Drakes Estero Deserves Full Wilderness Protection

This 50th Anniversary of Point Reyes National Seashore tests the truth of America's finest ideals. Will we honor the lawful promise to save Drakes Estero Wilderness - the very heart of this priceless jewel? Or will we sacrifice soul and sanity to an industrial assault cloaked as 'Mom&Pop fights GovernmentGoliath'?

The oyster company's new owners have attracted massive support from the GMO-aquaculture industry, so desperate to greenwash their reckless rush to exploit every last pristine pocket of profit potential. Their key experts advocate and profit from promoting speculative bio-tech ventures; ground-zero for uncontrollable open-water 'genetic roulette' is shellfish farming. Exotic, invasive, genetically engineered variants are the core of this deceitful strategy.

Despite incredibly cheap rent, a fire-sale-rate purchase price, and low labor costs, Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) incurred $110,000 in Federal tax liens. Their corporate “powers, rights and privileges” have been suspended by California’s Secretary of State. The bank which financed the ‘fixture loans’ secured by ‘assets’ on our public lands in Drakes Estero has been closed and placed under management by the FDIC. Where might funds for the expansive improvements DBOC desires come from?

In February, 2006 the Point Reyes Light quoted DBOC's proprietor: “’The park administration has told us they’re not going to renew our lease in 2012, because they need to actively make this a full wilderness,’ he continued. ‘Well if that’s what the people of the United States want, that’s what they’re going to get. But I’d like to make sure that people know what they’re losing. They have to know the cost of making this a wilderness. When people know and the people decide. I think we’ll be fine with that.’”

We have decided! Now we must tell Senator Feinstein to stop strong-arming Secretary Salazar and to halt her witch-hunt against NPS scientists. Free Drakes Estero Wilderness - GoWild2012!

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Posted by Victoria Hanson on 10/03/2012 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Dianne Feinstein's Study Comes Up Short

Vibrio parahaemolyticus - the bacteria recently found in Drakes Bay Oysters - is not related to human or animal waste. Other than past septic tank failures, and agricultural runoff during the rainy season, Vib.p., and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS) causing Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning and Amnesiac Shellfish Poisoning have periodically elevated the toxic load of oysters from Drakes Estero enough to pose a threat to consumers. Regular monitoring results in occasional closures. The current product recall and ongoing quarantine for Vib.p. has prohibited shellfish harvesting for more than a month.

According to a report by CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH), "Because Vibrio species multiply very rapidly and can reach infectious levels in seafood after harvest, shellfish bed monitoring is important but not sufficient to prevent illness. ... Nevertheless, ensuring that shellfish beds are routinely monitored, seafood products are handled safely during and after harvest, and educating consumers about the risks of consuming raw or undercooked seafood may provide the best opportunities for reducing non-cholera vibriosis."

For updates on DBOC's closure, contact CDPH: Anita Gore 916 440-7259

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Posted by Victoria Hanson on 09/11/2012 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Dianne Feinstein's Bad Oysters

THANK YOU for recognizing this SERIOUS threat to human health, even though Senator Feinstein and DBOC wish to sweep this under the rug.

"The illness can be life-threatening for people who have compromised immune systems or chronic liver disease, in addition to people who take antacids, heart or diabetes medication, and anyone who is undergoing cancer treatments or is being treated with antibiotics." [Vibrio in Shellfish Sicken 30 in Washington State, 18Aug2012, By Kathy Will]

"People who eat shellfish contaminated with biotoxins can become seriously ill or even die. You cannot tell if a toxin is present by looking at the water or the shellfish." [Washington State Department of Health]

A 2005 FDA Risk Assessment describes how this dangerous organism may be present, but undetected: "Depending on the size of analytical portion relative to the sample, a conclusion that the microorganism is not present in the sample is generally not warranted."
"When water temperatures are low, total V. parahaemolyticus levels are generally below the limit of detection of currently available methods (MPN procedure, direct plating). Thus, microbiological analysis of the oyster samples obtained during the winter frequently yields an outcome that is "nondetect" or nondetectable (i.e. , the microorganism is not found in the samples).

"In the United States of America, during 1997 and 1998, there were more than 700 cases of illness due to V. parahaemolyticus, the majority of which were associated with the consumption of raw oysters. In two of the 1998 outbreaks a serotype of V. parahaemolyticus previously reported only in Asia, O3:K6, emerged as a principal cause of illness for the first time." [FAO Risk assessment of Vibrio spp. in seafood, 2002]

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Posted by Victoria Hanson on 08/22/2012 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Dianne Feinstein's Scientist Rebuked

Exposing Dr. Goodman's rash accusations and faulty reasoning is terrific news! For 5 years, he has used his wealth and prestige to bamboozle our community. His cherry-picked charts and specious claims are notorious for whipping the scientifically gullible among us into a frenzy against the National Park Service. It's embarrassing. Good riddance to this WestMarin variant of 'Tea-Party Birtherism'.

Let Senator Feinstein know her crusade to kill wilderness is wrong-headed and based on amateurish fallacies :…

Show Ken Salazar you're watching his momentous choice - Save Drakes Estero Wilderness - Close Drakes Bay Oyster:
DOI; 1849 C Street NW; Washington, DC 20240

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Posted by Victoria Hanson on 07/18/2012 at 3:25 AM

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