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Nation Under Arrest? Oil Exec Charged in Duck Deaths

If a bird was killed crashing into your house, you wouldn't expect a federal prosecutor to jail you for it. But that's basically what happened to one Texas businessman. Read Transcript


RECENT A TEXAS OIL MAN WAS

FACING A STRANGE FATE.

LITTLE DID HE KNOW THAT THE

DEATH OF TWO BIRDS COULD

THREATEN TO PUT HIM IN A PRISON

CELL.

SOME OF THESE HAVE WELLS AND

SOME BIRDS DROWN AND THE

PROSECUTOR WAS MAKING A SPECIAL

EFFORT TO FIND THESE BIRDS.

HE CHARTERED A HELICOPTER TO

SEARCH FOR THIS AND AROUND TO

ALL OF THE SITES IN DAKOTA.

HE CHARGED HIM WITH

CRIMINALLY KILLING BIRDS AND IN

VIOLATION OF THE MIGRATORY BIRD

TREATY ACT AND WAS SUPPOSED TO

BE USED ON POACHERS ILLEGALLY

KILLING BIRDS BUT THIS DIDN'T

STOP THIS PROSECUTORIAL TEAM.

THEY FOUND TWO BIRDS AND TWO

MALLARDS AND ALSO AS A CEO I

COULD SERVE TWO CONSECT I

TERMS IN

PRISON.

IT SEEMS ABSURD THAT YOU

WOULD LOCK SOMEBODY UP FOR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I AM A FATHER WITH FIVE WITH

CHILDREN FROM EIGHT TO 17 YEARS

OLD AND TO THINK THAT I COULD

POSSIBLY GO TO JAIL FOR THIS UP

TO A YEAR WAS REALLY SURREAL.

EVEN MORE SURREAL IF THE

PRISON COULD IMPRISON THESE OIL

EXECUTIVES THEY COULD THROW ANY

AMERICAN IN JAIL SO THE JUDGE

RULED HE COULDN'T GO ALONG WITH

WHAT THE PROSECUTOR WANTED AND

WOULD YIELD THESE RESULTS AND

DRIVING AND OWNING A CAT OR A

BUILDING AND ALL OF WHICH KILLS

BIRDS. THEY WANTED TO

PROSECUTE

FOR THE 27 BIRD DEATHS AND THE

JUDGE POINTED OUT POWER LINES

KILL THEM AND CATS KILL

MILLIONS

AND CRASHING INTO CARS AND MAYB

60

MILLION AND

THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE

CONSISTENT.

ANYBODY WITH A HOME THAT THE

BIRD FLIES INTO WOULD BE

CRIMINAL.

SO THE JUDGE THREW OUT THE

CASE AND YOU WOULD WONDER WHY

THEY'RE GOING AFTER THESE

PEOPLE

INSTEAD OF THE WIND INDUSTRY

THAT KILLS THOUSANDS OF BIRDS

WITH THE WIND TURBINES AND

MAYBE

THIS IS HARASSING AN INDUSTRY

NOT GREEN ENOUGH FOR THE

ADMINISTRATION.

THERE IS TALK ABOUT THE

ADMINISTRATION IS NOT THRILLED

ABOUT THE DRILLING AND THE

PEOPLE HERE.

AND IT SEEMS THAT WAY AND

THERE WAS AN EPA EXECUTIVE

TALKING ABOUT THAT TO SET AN

EXAMPLE.

JUST AS INDIVIDUALS CAN BE

SUBJECT TO CAPRICIOUS

PROSECUTION COMPANIES CAN TOO

AND USUALLY THEY'RE DISFAVORED

COMPANIED AND THEY'RE MAKING

SOMETHING THAT SOMEBODY THINKS

SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.

AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN

PROSECUTE AN INDUSTRY OR

INDIVIDUAL IF THEY WANT.

HE SAYS IT FEELS UN-AMERICAN

THE WAY THE FEDS HAVE TARGETED

HIM AND TRYING TO PUT HIM AWAY.

WE'RE ATTACKED BY OUR OWN

GOVERNMENT. IT'S START

EARLYING.

AND THIS INDUSTRY GETS A WAY

WITH ALL OF THESE BIRD CORPSES.

AND TO GO AFTER THE NATIONAL

BIRD AND THEY GO AFTER US FOR A

COUPLE OF MALLARDS.

EXECUTIVES WITH THE

UNFAVORED

COMPANIES THREATENED WITH JAIL

TIME AND THOSE THAT BUILD WIND

TURBINES THAT KILL THOUSANDS OF

BIRDS A YEAR AND NEVER HEAR A

WORLD FROM THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT. REPORTING FROM

AUSTIN TEXAS.

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