"During the second Presidential debate, Mitt Romney described a criminal lawsuit filed against oil companies accused of killing just a few dozen birds — an example, he implied, of government regulation run amok and slowing down energy development in the United States.

In fact, the lawsuit was a small, relatively routine affair, involving a few thousand dollars in fines for multi-billion dollar companies that hadn’t taken simple, inexpensive precautions to avoid breaking laws by killing birds."
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