Feinstein wants to keep oyster farm running

June 24, 2009 3:02:57 PM PDT
Congress is now getting involved in the debate over an oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein has attached a rider to a spending bill that would extend the lease of the Drake's Bay Oyster Company until 2022. The farm is responsible for nearly 40 percent of the state's oyster production.

The park service has come under fire for misrepresenting data in attempt to close the farm and turn it back into wilderness land. But a National Academy of Sciences report concluded there is not enough data to prove the farm is doing any harm.

Still, environmentalists oppose Feinstein's move, calling the lease extension unprecedented.

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