ExxonMobil to pay $600K for killing birds

Birds in five Western states may be able to breathe easier after ExxonMobil (XOM) pleaded guilty to charges of violating federal laws protecting migratory birds. As the Department of Justice said Friday, the company also agreed to pay fines totaling $600,000.

The world's largest oil refiner, ExxonMobil was charged with killing 85 protected birds, including waterfowl, hawks and owls by exposing them to pollutants at facilities in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. The violations occurred as late as this year and went back to 2004.