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April 14, 2018 - Washington Post

The Trump administration has officially clipped the wings of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The Trump administration has officially clipped the wings of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The MBTA [Migratory Bird Treaty Act] will no longer apply even after a catastrophic event such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that destroyed or injured up to a million birds. After an oil spill, Interior would pursue penalties under the Natural Resources Damage Assessment program that is not specific to birds. In the past, “the department has pursued MBTA claims against companies responsible for oil spills that incidentally killed or injured migratory birds. That avenue is no longer available.”

GruntVegan: The International Bird Rescue reports that "oil can be lethally harmful to seabirds - particularly to diving birds that spend a great deal of time on the surface of the water where oil sits."

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