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The Energy 202: Trump’s new rules make it easier for energy companies to escape penalties for killing birds

“For decades, the law gave federal officials broad power to prosecute those who kill migratory birds, even by accident” writes Energy Environmental Reporter for washingtonpost.com. In the past, “the department has pursued MBTA claims against companies responsible for oil spills that incidentally killed or injured migratory birds.Left unmentioned in those examples were energy producers operating wind turbines or oil tankers that end up killing birds.According to an analysis by the Audubon Society, oil companies were responsible for 90 percent of incidental takes prosecuted under the act, resulting in fines of $6,500 per violation.However, if a landowner uses illegal pesticides expressly to kill birds, the law would apply.
 
Source: washingtonpost.com



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