Encana cops plea in case of dead Colorado birds

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - A complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver accuses EnCana of misdemeanor violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the deaths of about 15 birds in western Colorado between June 17, 2006, and the end of April. Federal authorities say the birds died after diving into an uncovered tank and encountering liquids in uncovered storage pits.

Officials say about 40 migratory birds died in western Wyoming between June 1 and Sept. 30 of 2009 after contact with liquids in storage pits.

EnCana didn't immediately return a request for comment after business hours Tuesday.

A hearing is scheduled Aug. 26 in Denver.


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  • by DM Location: Grand Junction on Aug 18, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    Really? That's 4 1/2 birds a year. I'm sure more birds than that died from car windshields or some other innocuous reasons! It's just the laws of nature that some of all animals and birds die every year. Really, we've gone so far over the line it's amazing to me! Quit looking for somebody to blame. The oil and gas industry gives much more than they take every year. Isn't it time to appreciate them rather than constantly finding fault?
  • by penny Location: grand junction on Aug 18, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    two or three times as many as we know about, I'm sure
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