The world’s most profitable oil company is ordered to pay pollution fines.
Wired PR News.com – Exxon Mobile has been penalized for not sticking to an agreement made to decrease the amount of pollution emitted from their factories in Texas, California, and Louisiana. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the company will pay $6.1 million in fines for violating the agreement made in 2005 to control smokestack sulfur pollutants from factories in the these states.
Assistant Attorney General Ronald Tenpas was quoted in the AP report as stating “the department will not tolerate violation of our consent decrees.”
In the 2005 settlement, Exxon also agreed to pay $7.7 million in civil fines as well as provide $6.7 million for community projects related to the environment. As noted by the AP, the locations of the oil refineries that are the subject of the recent penalties are in Baton Rouge, LA, Torrance, CA, and Beaumont and Baytown, TX.
Exxon Mobile is the largest oil company in the world.