Oil company agrees to plead guilty in deaths of birds in North Dakota waste ponds, pay $12,000
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.
Six other oil companies have pleaded not guilty to charges that their oil waste pits killed birds. Killing endangered species can lead to felony charges that bring fines of up to $250,000.
Companies in North Dakota are required to cover the so-called reserve pits with netting if they are open for more than 90 days after drilling operations. The waste pits, which can contain oil, diesel, drilling muds and chemicals, are about the size of a large swimming pool, and birds sometimes mistake them for a good place to land.
Source: The Washington Post