Judge Denies Oyster Farm's Request to Overturn Eviction

The farm will not be allowed to continue operating during legal proceedings

Monday, Feb 4, 2013  |  Updated 5:47 PM PDT
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Point Reyes Oyster Controversy

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Feds To Shut Down Drake's Bay Oyster Farm

The federal government will shut down an historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore, designating the site as a wilderness area.

Point Reyes Oyster Controversy

The National Park Service is set to decide this week whether or not to extend a lease for Kenny Lunny's Drake's Bay Oyster Farm. Environmentalists want the oyster company removed from the estuary. Joe Rosato Jr. reports.
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A federal judge has denied a Northern California oyster farm's request to overturn its eviction from Point Reyes National Seashore, and to allow it to operate while its lawsuit is heard in court.
 
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on Monday denied owner Kevin Lunny's motion to void Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's order to evict the historic facility from the park, and also declined to allow the farm to continue operating while its legal case proceeds.
 
Lunny's lawsuit is a last-ditch effort by the farm after Salazar on Nov. 29 decided to let its 40-year lease expired.
 
Salazar said the land should be returned to wilderness status.
 
The Interior Department has given the farm until March 15 to remove all of its property from the park.

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