Death of Migratory Birds Prompts $300K Settlement

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Two companies have agreed to pay nearly $300,000 to settle a federal complaint stemming from the death of hundreds of migratory birds in West Texas.

Prosecutors announced the settlement Wednesday involving energy company Phillips 66 and oil refinery operator WRB Refining LP.

Most of the money from the settlement will go to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Prosecutors say the waterfowl in August 2012 had stopped at the refinery operated by the companies near Borger, about 45 miles northeast of Amarillo. The facility includes a 22-acre pond containing 3 million barrels of brine water. About 260 birds were killed.

Operators of the facility will increase efforts to keep migratory birds off the pond and take other steps to comply with the settlement.