Natural gas production is ugly for birds

Exxon-Mobil pleads guilty in bird caseCasper Star-Tribune

Exxon-Mobil Corp. has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Denver to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in five states including Wyoming during the past five years, the Justice Department said Thursday.

 
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2 Responses to Exxon-Mobil pleads guilty in bird case

  1. avatar kt says:

    Migratory birds – These other creatures killed by public lands ranching. They drown in the putrid cattle troughs. BLM in some areas kind of requires that escape ladders be put in place, but they often don’t work, get coated with slime, and birds and bats drown all over the West.

  2. avatar mikepost says:

    kt: I am not going to dive back into the whole cow issue except to point out that even the most self-centered greedy rancher works hard to keep dead animals out of his water troughs and ponds. It is not good for business and can effect the health of the cattle. Conservation and wildlife preservation aside, this is one case where profit incentivizes doing the right thing. Is it that way everywhere, probably not, but it is that way most places. If “bats and birds drown all over the West” in stock troughs I have yet to see it. What I do see is armchair naturalists who do stupid things like take a log (escape mechanism) out of a trough because they think it interferes with wildlife and feral horses when they try to drink.

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