Oil, gas firms are targeted under bird policy, GOP lawmakers say

01/30/2013 | Hill, The

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder needs to explain why he is singling out oil and natural gas companies for accidental bird deaths, said Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "Oil and gas producers are being targeted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act," Vitter said. "This wasn't about trying to kill these birds, it was about a completely incidental killing of these birds ... but that's not what criminal sanctions under this law are about ... owning a cat could be subject to criminal prosecutions if this precedent is set."

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