ExxonMobil pleads guilty to killing birds

ExxonMobil Corp. pleaded guilty in US District Court in Denver to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in five states during the past 5 years.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 18
-- ExxonMobil Corp. pleaded guilty in US District Court in Denver to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in five states during the past 5 years.

The company agreed to pay $400,000 fines and $200,000 in community service payments. ExxonMobil also is implementing an environmental compliance plan over 3 years to prevent future bird deaths.

Court records show ExxonMobil had already spent more than $2.5 million to begin implementation of the plan.

The charges stem from the deaths of 85 protected birds, including waterfowl, hawks, and owls, at drilling and production sites in Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas during 2004-09.

Most of the birds died after exposure to hydrocarbons in uncovered natural gas well reserve pits and wastewater storage sites. The US Fish and Wildlife Service investigated the cases.

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