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Aug 17, 2010 11:07 PM by Jamie Patrick

Energy company files plea over death of birds

A spokesman for EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) says the energy company has filed a plea agreement with the federal government in allegations that it is responsible for the deaths of migratory birds in Wyoming and Colorado.

EnCana spokesman Doug Hock said Tuesday the company agreed to a plan that includes putting nets and covers over storage ponds and tanks. He says the company also faces fines.

Federal authorities say EnCana violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the deaths of about 15 birds in western Colorado between June 17, 2006, and the end of April. They say the birds died after diving into an uncovered tank and encountering liquids
in uncovered storage pits.

Officials say about 40 migratory birds died in western Wyoming between June 1 and Sept. 30 of 2009.

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