SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to renew the lease of a popular oyster farm operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.
A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Salazar had the authority not to renew Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s lease.
Salazar said the waters in which Drakes' operates should be returned to wilderness.
The farm argued that Salazar's decision was based on flawed science. But the court didn't find any legal basis to reverse it.
The court also removed a preliminary injunction that had allowed Drakes to continue operating while the case was pending.
Farm owner Kevin Lunny said he will confer with his lawyers before deciding whether to ask the entire court to review the panel's decision.
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