Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 27, 2017

Accidentally killing migratory birds not a crime, Trump administration says

Reuters reports

Energy companies and other businesses that accidentally kill migratory birds will no longer be criminally prosecuted, the Trump administration said Friday in a decision hailed by industry but denounced by environmental groups.

The decision, in a legal memo from the U.S. Department of Interior, reverses a longstanding practice at the agency as well as a last-minute rule released by the outgoing Obama administration. It comes after several appeals courts ruled that the government was interpreting a century-old law aimed at protecting birds too broadly.

”Christmas came early for bird killers,“ said David O‘Neill, chief conservation officer for the National Audubon Society. ”The White House is parting ways with more than 100 years of conservation legacy.”

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