31 Dec '17, 4pm

Energy companies off the hook for killing birds accidentally | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Energy companies off the hook for killing birds accidentally | MNN - Mother Nature Network

The Trump administration will no longer criminally prosecute oil and gas, wind and solar companies that accidentally kill migratory birds, according to a memo from the Department of the Interior. The memo , released Dec. 22, reverses a rule established during the final weeks of the Obama administration in January. NPR reports that the administration suspended the rule in February while its lawyers reviewed the case literature. Penned by the DOI's principal deputy solicitor, Daniel Jorjani, the memo argues that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918 applies only to the purposeful killing of migratory birds, not the incidental killing of such birds. "Interpreting the MBTA to apply to incidental or accidental actions hangs the sword of Damocles over a host of otherwise lawful and productive actions, threatening up to six months in jail and a $15,000 penalty for each and...

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