Oil companies charged in N.D. migratory bird deaths
Seven oil companies have been charged in federal court with killing migratory birds that died after allegedly landing in oil waste pits in western North Dakota.
The charges involve 28 dead birds that were discovered in oil waste pits between May 6 and June 20. The maximum penalty for each charge under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Timothy Purdon, the U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, said in a statement Thursday that the allegations “should be troubling to those interested in preserving North Dakota’s rich heritage of hunting and fishing and to the many oil companies to work hard to follow the laws protecting our wildlife.” He declined to comment further on the matter.
Charged in the case are Slawson Exploration Co. Inc., of Wichita, Kansas; 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.