Cause of Action on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Nomination of Sally Jewell

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to move the nomination of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior forward to a full Senate vote.

Dan Epstein, Cause of Action’s executive director expressed concerns with Mrs. Jewell’s past alliances:

“As a former board member of the National Parks Conservation Association, we have serious concerns about Mrs. Jewell’s plans for the Department of the Interior. We saw Secretary Salazar’s overreach and abuse of power concerning Drakes Bay Oyster Company and we want the Senate to find out what Mrs. Jewell’s plans are for the future of this sustainable farm. The culture of corruption, and disregard for scientific integrity at the Department of the Interior needs to end. Will the Senate hold Mrs. Jewell accountable for her political connections and how they may impact her decisions as Secretary?

For more information on Drakes Bay Oyster Company and their lawsuit against Secretary Salazar, the National Parks Service, and the Department of the interior, click here.