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Exxon in the McSpotlight

| What's Wrong With Exxon? | Opposition & Campaigns | Company Profile |

Exxon are the 3rd largest US-based worldwide petrochemical corporation. Their '15 minutes of fame' came when they managed to spill 11 million gallons of crude oil onto the Alaskan coastline, one of the most unspoilt wildernesses in the world. Their massive inefficiency in cleaning up the spill greatly worsened its effects.

Exxon is part of the Oil industry.

It is not only the specific practices of individual companies that cause problems. The attitudes created by the current system of exploitation gives power and profits to the few, at the expense of people, animals and the environment. It is important to expose the unethical practices of specific companies as their behaviour is often indicative of the entire system.

What's Wrong With Exxon?
Oppresive Regimes

Supporting brutal / repressive regimes

Involved in oil production in Malaysia, Chile, Indonesia, Colombia, Brazil and elsewhere.

[Corporate Watch Address Book (1997)]


Environmental destruction

The big tanker spills at sea are often the most visual and striking reminder of the potential environmental damage of oil production. In March 1989 the Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground and broke open,releasing 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Prince William Sound, Alaska. The US National Transportation Safety Board,investigating the causes of the spill, partly blamed the "higher-ups"at the Exxon Shipping Company for poor management. It also criticised the Alaska pipeline consortium, of which Exxon is a partner, for it's 'massive failure' in reposonse to the spill, which greatly contributed to its severity.

Pollution and spillages can even occur at petrol services stations.In 1991 the US EPA found Exxon and Shell amongst oil companies that discharged contaminated fluids from their service stations into or directly above underground drinking water sources. Exxon was fined$125,000.

Involved in oil production in Malaysia, Chile, Indonesia, Colombia, Brazil and elsewhere and has substantial coal mining interests.

[Corporate Watch Address Book (1997)] [The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping  published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association.]

Credits and References: Most of the information in this section was taken from The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping  published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association. 

Opposition and Campaigns

Exploitation and profiteering do not need to exist. A better way of running our lives can be created based on the sharing of resources and on respect for each other and for nature. Increasingly people are questioning and challenging those with power and are seeking alternatives. Let's hope it's possible to make a difference.

Company Profile
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Exxon Petrol Stations
Postal address(es):
Exxon Corp
25 East John W Carpenter
Freeway Irving
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