Exxon-Mobil must pay $600,000 in fines and community service payments as penalty for killing 85 birds, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). After an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the oil company pleaded guilty Aug. 13 to violating the 1918 federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to kill a protected bird species.
Fumes released from Exxon drilling sites killed birds such as ducks, shorebirds and owls in five states, the DOJ said in a statement. Over the next three years, Exxon must also create a bird protection plan, according to the plea agreement. The company has already contributed $2.5 million to the plan.