Seven Oil Companies Charged in Killing Twenty-Eight Birds
The ducks landed in oil waste pits in western North Dakota in May and June where they were found dead.
The so-called reserve pits are used during oil and gas drilling operations. Once a well is completed, companies are required to clean up the pit, and it must be covered with netting if it’s open for more than 90 days. None of the pits referenced in the charges were netted, but it’s unclear how many of them were open beyond three months, documents show.
The increasing number of dead birds has state officials debating whether to ban waste oil pits and require companies to recycle liquid drilling waste.