US Oil Companies Charged Over Dead Birds
Seven oil companies operating in the US state of North Dakota have been charged after migratory birds allegedly died after landing in oil field pits and wastewater disposal facilities belonging to said companies. The charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act cite the losses of 28 ducks and other birds in oil waste pits between May 6 and June 20. US federal laws require pits to be bird-proofed with fences, screens and nets. A dozen of the dead birds were found in pits operated by Slawson Exploration Co. of Wichita, Kan., including three mallards, two gadwalls, two blue-winged teal, one redhead, one common golden eye, one northern pintail and two birds of unknown species.
Other companies charged are ConocoPhillips Co., of Houston; Newfield Production Co., of Houston; Brigham Oil and Gas LP, of Williston; Continental Resources Inc., of Enid, Okla.; Fidelity Exploration & Production Co., of Denver, and Petro Hunt LLC, of Dallas.