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Oil company agrees to plead guilty in deaths of 12 birds in North Dakota waste ponds, pay $12,000
washpost ^ | 10/24/11

Posted on 10/25/2011 5:08:33 AM PDT by bestintxas

One of seven oil companies charged with killing migratory birds during drilling operations in North Dakota has agreed to plead guilty and pay $12,000.

Slawson Exploration Co. Inc., of Wichita, Kan., was charged under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with for killing 12 birds that died after allegedly landing in oil waste pits in western North Dakota from May 6 through June 20. Under a plea agreement filed in federal court Monday, Slawson will pay $12,000 — or $1,000 per bird — to the nonprofit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The maximum penalty for each misdemeanor charge under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon said he could not comment on plea deal because it still must be approved by U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck. Stu Kowalski, an attorney for Slawson, also declined to comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: birds
Meanwhile, the thousands of wind turbines kill by some estimates a million birds a year.
1 posted on 10/25/2011 5:08:39 AM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

Amazing, isn’t it?


2 posted on 10/25/2011 5:10:04 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-The government gets rich, you get poor.)
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To: bestintxas

Yes...that’s true. But, don’t you see, they are “green”. Also, cat-loving greenies allow their cats to roam who also kill many songbirds.


3 posted on 10/25/2011 5:10:40 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: bestintxas

Why doesn’t the money go to the families of the dead birds? Why does some Liberal organization get to keep it all?


4 posted on 10/25/2011 5:16:58 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: hal ogen

I aggressively chase those cats out of my yard, throwing small objects. I chased one all the way home once, 2-3 houses down. I think the owner was really startled when I rang the door and requested she keep better control of her pet, that I didn’t appreciate it being in my yard stalking wildlife.


5 posted on 10/25/2011 5:17:14 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: bestintxas

See the Ayn Rand quote that starts off my FR profile page. It very much applies here.


6 posted on 10/25/2011 5:18:16 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: bestintxas

The money should have went to DU,...Ducks Unlimited.


7 posted on 10/25/2011 5:19:12 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

A solution is available.
Cover the pits.


8 posted on 10/25/2011 5:22:43 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: bestintxas

This is a boatload of BS, but it does set a precedent for the Birdlovers to sue the windmillers.


9 posted on 10/25/2011 5:23:27 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: bestintxas

10 posted on 10/25/2011 5:25:00 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: bestintxas
Ridiculous....Nothing about birds having pea brains???

I always laugh because they put a retention pond in an "elite" area of town...and birds now come by the 100's. Their driveways and lawns are covered with feces.

They hired dogs to scare them off and put up fences and they still have feces all over the damn place. Too funny because the area was in a Wetland originally and the pond was a part of the mitigation policy.

11 posted on 10/25/2011 5:32:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bestintxas
Tree hugger comment!!!
12 posted on 10/25/2011 5:39:20 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: bestintxas

I’d send these dead birds to Obama—so he can use them for a Migratory Bird fund raiser dinner. 35k a plate.


13 posted on 10/25/2011 5:39:20 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: bestintxas
Slawson will pay $12,000 — or $1,000 per bird — to the nonprofit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Extortionists-R-Us

14 posted on 10/25/2011 5:48:34 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: bestintxas

Every winter for the past 20 years we have fed the Chickadees, Nuthatches, Hairy Woodpeckers & Goldfinches etc. from our dozen feeders.

Not this year, though. Black sunflower seeds have nearly doubled in price since last year from $18.00 to over $30.00 per 50 lb. bag. We normally go through 6-8 bags, not counting the suet bars.

I guess we’ll be guilty of murdering these poor little creatures in order to buy pellets for our own selfish desire to keep our house warm.

This green movement BS has really gotten out of hand.


15 posted on 10/25/2011 5:59:14 AM PDT by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: bestintxas
12 frigging birds? It is so petty and ridiculus. It's a good example of how wrong headed and petty these U.S. Depts have become...

Mike

16 posted on 10/25/2011 5:59:26 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Why is any portion of a legal fine going to any organization that wasn’t harmed by this so called offense? Once again the govt is taking money at gun point and giving it to their butt buddies.


17 posted on 10/25/2011 6:00:00 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: bestintxas

18 posted on 10/25/2011 6:01:15 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the Terrorists Savages)
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To: bestintxas

Killing birds with waste ponds = evil fossil fuels
Killing birds with wind turbines = good green energy


19 posted on 10/25/2011 6:03:41 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: bestintxas

If the oil companies were smart they’d hire a couple of kids to go down there twice a day and scoop the dead birds out of the pond and bury them, problem solved!


20 posted on 10/25/2011 6:16:03 AM PDT by Recon Dad ("The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary.")
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To: FreedomPoster

Get a trap for those cats and take them to the pound. That’ll solve the problem!


21 posted on 10/25/2011 6:46:14 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: bestintxas

Stupid birds shouldn’t go to those ponds anyway. If they do, well, they are stupid. Survival of the fittest(and smartest).


22 posted on 10/25/2011 7:26:22 AM PDT by sagar
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