ExxonMobil is a fossil fuel company headquartered in Irving, Texas. It was founded in the 1870s as part of the Standard Oil group. Exxon (formerly Standard Oil Company of New Jersey) and Mobil (formerly Standard Oil Company of New York) were spun off in 1911 but merged again in 1999. Exxon is most famous for the massive spill by the Valdez oil tanker in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in 1989 that dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Prince William Sound, polluting more than 700 miles of shoreline. Courts fined the company $5 billion but the company’s lawyers got the final payment down to just over $500 million in damages plus an estimated $2 billion in clean-up costs and $1 billion in in civil and criminal charges. Exxon’s refineries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Baytown, Texas, has also been in the news over a series of explosions in 1989, 1994 and 2021 that killed workers and caused major air pollution.


Crude oil, Oil products, Natural gas, Petrochemicals, Power generation


Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
environment-related offenses$2,181,386,559431
government-contracting-related offenses$42,090,0004
employment-related offenses$2,997,4789
financial offenses$2,050,0002
safety-related offenses$1,616,26779

(September 29, 2022)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
$2,230,170,304 (September 29, 2022)
Individual Records & Summaries
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Article Archive
Videos & Podcasts
Sunrise Movement protested at ExxonMobil's HQ, demanding legislation to curb climate change
ExxonMobil in Baton Rouge - Video by Julie Dermansky


Locked out ExxonMobil workers demonstrating at north Texas headquarter
Climate activists protest outside court as Exxon Mobil goes on trial
Residents Protest ExxonMobil Spill In Nigeria
Harvard Law Students Protest Law Firm Paul Weiss for Representing ExxonMobil
On Exxon Mobil's Front Door


CorpWatch Stories
Stalled Case Against ExxonMobil Sees Movement

Jacqueline Koch | Special to CorpWatch | July 14, 2004

After languishing in the courts for two years, a lawsuit that accuses ExxonMobil of complicity in human rights violations is beginning to move, thanks to the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the Alien Tort Claims Act.

Other Key Sources
  • Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's profile on ExxonMobil - UK-based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an NGO that employs researchers on five continents who work with activists, companies and governments alike to advance human rights in business by eradicating abuse.
  • Corporate Rap Sheet on ExxonMobilCorporate Rap Sheets, which detail corporate wrongdoing by some of the world's largest companies, are written by Philip Mattera, who heads the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in the U.S.
  • Mirador's profile on ExxonMobil - Mirador is a project of the France-based NGO Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy (GRESEA), which monitors abuse carried out by the largest multinational corporations in France and the world.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Climate Activists Defeat Exxon in Push for Clean Energy

Clifford Krauss and Peter Eavis | New York Times | July 2, 2021

Big Oil was dealt a stunning defeat on Wednesday when shareholders of Exxon Mobil elected at least two board candidates nominated by activist investors who pledged to steer the company toward cleaner energy and away from oil and gas.

USW plans protest at ExxonMobil headquarters

Jacob Dick | Beaumont Enterprise | May 24, 2021

Union workers from the Beaumont ExxonMobil refinery are planning to demonstrate outside the company’s Irving headquarters during its shareholder’s meeting Wednesday in protest of the almost month-long lockout.

Harvard law students ramp up protest against ExxonMobil climate firm

Emily Holden | The Guardian | January 15, 2020

Harvard law students have disrupted a recruiting event for Paul Weiss, the law firm representing ExxonMobil in climate lawsuits, in an escalation the protesters hope will open a new front in climate activism in the legal world.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Exxon must go to trial over alleged climate crimes, court rules

Chris McGreal | The Guardian | May 24, 2022

The Massachusetts high court on Tuesday ruled that the US’s largest oil company, ExxonMobil, must face a trial over accusations that it lied about the climate crisis and covered up the fossil fuel industry’s role in worsening environmental devastation.

2 injured workers file $10 million lawsuit against ExxonMobil after Baytown refinery explosion

Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media | December 27, 2021

Both men suffered head injuries, major orthopedic injury to their spines, and were burned all over their bodies, according to the lawsuit.

Court Approves Exxon Mobil’s $25M Settlement for Pollution in Puerto Rico Drinking Water

Emily Aschcraft | Law Street Media | July 22, 2021

Exxon Mobil Corporation and Esso Standard Oil Company have resolved claims filed against them by Puerto Rico after Judge Silvia L. Carreno-Coll signed a judgment approving the $25 million settlement and consent decree between the parties over allegations that the companies polluted Puerto Rico’s drinking water with gasoline additives.

Legislator threatens to subpoena Exxon after secret video

News Beezer | July 3, 2021

The chairman of a House subcommittee demands that executives from Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell, Chevron, and other major oil and gas companies testify before Congress about the industry’s decades-long effort to launch disinformation campaigns about the climate change.

Exxon agrees to $1 million fine over 2011 Yellowstone River oil spill

Reuters | June 5, 2019

Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty to settle U.S. charges involving a 2011 pipeline rupture that spilled oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana.

Environmental Impacts
Three Exxon refineries top the list of U.S. polluters

Stuart McLaughlin | Reuters | June 1, 2021

Exxon Mobil's U.S. oil refineries pump out far more lung-damaging soot than similarly-sized facilities operated by rivals, according to regulatory documents and a Reuters analysis of pollution test results.

Exxon Valdez oil spill environmental disaster, Prince William Sound, Alaska, United States [1989]

Britannica | March 17 2021

Exxon Valdez oil spill, massive oil spill that occurred on March 24, 1989, in Prince William Sound, an inlet in the Gulf of Alaska, Alaska, U.S.March 17, 2021

Number of oil, chemical, and drilling fluid spills by ExxonMobil from 2005 to 2020*

Statista | 2020

ExxonMobil was responsible for 223 oil, chemical, and drilling fluid spills greater than one barrel in 2020. There have been more than 3,000 spills since 2005, with the number peaking in 2011 at 484. ExxonMobil is one of the most valuable companies when looking at brand value of the leading oil and gas companies worldwide.

A Legacy of Environmental Racism

Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | August 13, 2017

Joseph Gaines was sitting on his porch in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, on a recent evening in June, sipping beer and chatting with some of his neighbors about the NBA playoffs, when a loud boom cut through the night and a stream of fire lit up the sky.

PERI Pollution Indexes

Based on United States Environmental Protection Agency data ranking the top 100 worst polluters.

Employment Practices
Chad's ExxonMobil Workers Strike, Reducing Crude Output

Emmanuel Tumanjong | Market Watch | June 28, 2021

Crude-oil production by Exxon Mobil Corp. in Chad has been cut for a fourth straight day, owing to protests by workers at the oil giant's unit in the Central African nation, according to reports on Monday by Chad's state television.

Australian workers win ExxonMobil strike after 742 days on picket line

The Guardian | July 29, 2019

On July 11, 2019 oil and gas workers in Victoria, Australia, dismantled their picket line after 742 days, following an agreement ending a long-running dispute with ExxonMobil and its maintenance subcontractor, UGL.

A LOOK BACK: 30 years since Exxon explosion in Baton Rouge

Graham Ulkins | WAFB9 | December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve 1989 is a night many in Baton Rouge will never forget. It was the night a deadly explosion rocked the Exxon refinery, the nation’s second largest petrochemical refinery at the time.

Oil workers go on strike at Exxon Mobil in Nigeria: union

Reuters | May 11, 2017

Nigerian workers at U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp have gone on strike in protest over the sacking of workers, oil labor union officials said on Thursday.

Dennis Hevesi | New York Times | November 22, 1990

A Federal jury in Newark found yesterday that Mobil Chemical Company wrongfully dismissed one of its top environmental officials after he refused to perform acts that would have violated Federal and state environmental laws.


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    Tax Havens
    & Evasion
    ExxonMobil Discovers That Amended Tax Returns Are Dangerous

    Gray Reed, David Gair, & Charles Sartain | JD Supra | February 3, 2021

    In Exxon Mobil Corp. v. United States of America, from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, ExxonMobil learned the hard way that filing amended tax returns can be very costly.

    ExxonMobil spent $10m fighting Australian Tax Office

    Christopher Knaus | The Guardian | July 2, 2018

    Multinational oil giant ExxonMobil has spent $10m fighting Australian tax authorities, including in disputes against the petroleum resources rent tax.

    ExxonMobil paid no tax on $18 billion revenue, unions allege

    Noel Towell | Sydney Morning Herald | December 3, 2017

    Energy giant ExxonMobil​ has not paid a cent in corporate income tax in Australia in at least two years, despite reaping more than $18 billion from the nation's natural resources, according to three of the company's workplace unions.

    ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016

    Sonali Paul | Reuters | December 7, 2017

    Exxon Mobil Corp XOM.N and Chevron Corp CVX.N paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the country, a report from the tax office showed on Thursday


    Major Projects
    ExxonMobil ramps back up construction on $500M expansion after pause

    Kriten Mosbrucker | The Advocate | October 21, 2021

    After hitting the pause button during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, ExxonMobil is back on track to open its $500 million polyolefin expansion by the end of 2022. 

    ExxonMobil mulls $334 million chemical facility expansion in Baton Rouge, seeks incentives

    Kristen Mosbrucker | The Advocate | March 30, 2021

    ExxonMobil is considering investing up to $334 million at its Baton Rouge Chemical plant just north of downtown and is seeking economic incentives for the project.

    Projects Continued
    Exxon to invest $240 million in Louisiana refinery -Governor

    Reuters | June 9, 2021

    Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) plans to invest $240 million to expand the crude slate and improve pollution control at its 502,500 barrel-per-day refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said the state’s governor on Wednesday.

    Exxon, Sabic select site for new Texas cracker; Nova Chemicals buys Louisiana plant

    Reuters | April 21, 2017

    ExxonMobil and Saudi Arabia's Sabic have selected a site in San Patricio County-- next to Corpus Christi, Texas-- for their joint 1.8 million mt/year (mtpa) Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) ethylene facility project, the companies announced April 19.

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