Feds charge Exxon Mobil in Kansas with unlawfully killing birds

WICHITA | Exxon Mobil Corp. has a new environmental headache — this time in Kansas.

The Justice Department charged the company Thursday with violating a law protecting migratory birds. The misdemeanor charge filed in federal court in Wichita alleges the company unlawfully killed migratory birds, including three owls.

The government alleges the birds died after coming into contact with hydrocarbons at tanks in Kearney, Stevens and Morton counties in Kansas.

Exxon Mobil and U.S. Attorney's office could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The Kansas case comes just days after an appeals court ordered Exxon Mobil to pay millions more in a payout involving the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska.