Exxon Mobil fined for killing birds

The maker of this music video wrote about it:

Still Life – Original Song – For the victims of Exxon Valdez

I wrote this song in 1991, 2 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster. At the time I wrote it, other oil-related ecological disasters were occurring in Iraq and Kuwait as part of the first US war in Iraq. Now, nearly 20 years after the Exxon disaster, the US Supreme Court is considering overturning the $2.5 billion in punitive damages that Exxon was ordered to pay. In 2007, Exxon reported a profit of 40 billion dollars.

From CNN in the USA:

Exxon Mobil to pay $600,000 for deaths of 85 protected birds

Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has pleaded guilty and will pay $600,000 in fines for the deaths of 85 protected migratory birds in the company’s wastewater ponds in five states.

Waterfowl, hawks and owls protected under an international treaty were killed after landing in uncovered pools, where they were coated with or ingested fatal doses of hydrocarbons, federal officials said.

The facilities are in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. …

The birds killed over a five-year period were identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as ducks, grebes, ibis, passerines, shore birds, owls, martins and a hawk.

From British daily The Morning Star on the fine:

That is roughly equal to what ExxonMobil makes every 20 minutes, based on its $8.6 billion earnings for the first half of 2009.

See also here.

Talking about Big Oil: Burmese villagers ‘forced to work on Total pipeline’: here.

2 thoughts on “Exxon Mobil fined for killing birds

  1. Sunday, November 1, 2009 03:30 AM GMT+06:00

    Australian oil spill puts animals at risk

    Afp, Sydney

    A massive oil leak off Australia’s northwest coast poses an “immediate risk” to dozens of marine species, with untold numbers possibly dying and sinking to the Timor Sea floor, a report found.

    Biologist James Watson was commissioned to carry out a government survey of the West Atlas drilling rig, where at least 400 barrels of oil have gushed daily into the ocean since August 21.

    He found about 20 dead seabirds and a dead sea snake among 23 species, and said the oil appeared to be drawing certain species into the toxic area, where they were at grave risk.

    “The presence of dying birds and dead sea snakes suggest that there is an immediate risk to species utilising the water that has been affected by the oil slick,” Watson wrote in his report, which was released late Friday.

    “It is possible that species that are dying or dead and lying in oil-affected water may not stay afloat for long periods of time, making it unlikely that we would find large numbers of dead animals,” he added.


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