(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to allow the expiration of the operating permit for Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes, Calif.
“Interior just flat out killed this oyster farm and its jobs by using misleading science and ignoring economic impacts,” Vitter said. “The most ironic part about the Drakes Bay permit is that the Interior official, Mary Kendall, who should have been investigating the allegations of scientific misconduct, is under investigation herself for involvement in a separate issue involving faulty science used to implement the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.”
The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is on federal lands and part of a controversial scientific review by the National Park Service and the administration. In April, Dr. Corey Goodman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, filed a Scientific Misconduct Complaint with the Department of Interior.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has also been a vocal advocate for renewing the permit for Drakes Bay Oyster Company. You can read her statements as well as letter’s she wrote to Interior here.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will be ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee in the next Congress.