U.S. District Court Exonerates CITGO Employee of All Charges
Jul 18, 2007
CITGO defended the accusations against Mr. Vrazel but offered to plead no contest on behalf of the refinery. The prosecution rejected this offer. At the time of the incident in 2003, the birds were recovered by CITGO, tagged and bagged, and voluntarily provided to agents of the Fish and Wildlife Department.
The trial exonerated CITGO for the deaths of 25 birds but found CITGO responsible for the deaths of 10 birds. CITGO insisted that Mr Vrazel was not responsible, however, and the District Judge agreed, releasing Mr. Vrazel from all charges.
Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are considered misdemeanors, and since 2003, CITGO has used netting and other means to keep birds out of its wastewater facilities. No further incidents have occurred since then.
CITGO accepts its responsibility for the charges but stands behind its longtime, loyal employee Philip Vrazel. CITGO will pay fines to be imposed by the court in October.
CITGO takes pride in its commitment to maintaining a clean and healthy environment, and to a safe workplace for its employees and the community.
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