Federal Judge Finds Oil Firm Guilty In Bird Deaths

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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A federal magistrate judge finds a Kansas oilman and his firm guilty of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humpreys ruled Monday that Apollo Energies, Inc. and Dale Walker did not comply with a federal law that requires them to secure oil field equipment to keep birds from getting trapped in exhaust stacks and openings.

The decision was released Monday.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 15 on two misdemeanor counts. One count is for the deaths of two Northern flickers and an Eastern bluebird; the other is for the death of a common grackle.

The U.S. attorneys office said Walker faces up to six months in federal prison and a fine of $15,000 on each count.

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