From Straight Outta Edmonton blog in Canada:
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Video Post: Ducks Caught in Syncrude Tailings Ponds
“William Todd Powell, employee for Alberta Wildlife, shot this video days after hundreds of ducks died landing on a Syncrude Fort McMurray tailings pond. Some staff members testified in a St. Albert court Tuesday March 2, 2010, that they actually began to shoot some of the birds with a shotgun at the time because they felt it was more humane.”
Should corporations be responsible for the unintentional deaths of migratory birds on their property, if those deaths are a direct result of the corporations’ practices? According to CBS News, a federal judge has ruled no, at least in the case of oil companies’ waste pits in North Dakota. A number of ducks and a Say’s phoebe were found dead in the pits – which they mistake for open ponds, but which are coated with toxic sludge – and several companies were charged with violating the Migratory Bird Act: here.