Citgo Could Pay $2M After Judge Backs Bird Death Conviction

Law360, New York (September 10, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Wednesday let stand Citgo Petroleum Corp.'s 2007 conviction for intentionally letting migratory birds die in uncovered oil tanks, setting the petroleum giant up to face a possible $2.1 million fine and five years of probation.

Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey denied Citgo’s motion to vacate its conviction for failing to install emission control equipment on its tanks in violation of the Clean Air Act and for intentionally letting the birds die in those open-top tanks in violation of the...
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