Judge Dismisses Two of Five Federal Counts Against Citgo

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed two of five counts accusing Citgo of violating federal bird protection laws.

However, the judge denied a request to dismiss the other three counts.

Citgo, its subsidiary Citgo Refining and Chemicals and the refiner's environmental manager Philip Vrazel are accused of violating the U.S. Migratory Bird Act.

They are is charged with removing dead, oil-coated migratory birds from the Citgo East Plant in Corpus Christi. It's alleged they also failed to report it to environmental authorities.

If found guilty, each could be fined up to $15,000 for each bird that was removed.

Citgo is a Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela's state-run oil company.