Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
A 2017 legal interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act “allowed industry to kill birds with impunity," a Biden administration official said Monday.
The halted regulation would block energy companies and other parties from being prosecuted for unintentionally killing migratory birds.
Records also indicate that the administration emphasized economic benefits for industry throughout the rushed rule-making process.
A 2017 legal opinion protected energy companies and other parties from being prosecuted for unintentionally killing migratory bird species.
The administration's rollback of a 100-year-old conservation law opens the door for gross negligence -- or worse.
The new rule would cement 2017 guidance that protects energy companies and other entities from being prosecuted for unintentionally killing birds.
The Interior secretary slashed protections for migratory birds less than three months ago.
Accidentally killing bird species -- including with a power line or oil rig -- will no longer violate federal law, the Interior Department said in a ruling.
Environmental groups allege Trump administration approval of the project broke the law.