Exxon Mobile, which is the world’s largest oil and gas company, faces many critics and is always under constant scrutiny by the public. They have been making positive changes however, concerning their impact on the environment and pride themselves on enhancing their social responsibilities as well.
Environmentally, not only do they follow the Corporation’s Environmental Policy but they also are making positive steps towards making a better tomorrow.
ExxonMobil’s Environmental Policy consists of the following:
* Abide by the rules and regulations of environmental law and make educated decisions when there are no laws that apply.
* Encourage their employees to respect and have ...view middle of the document...
This in return limits the amount of noise that can be severely detrimental to aquatic life and it decreases the offshore existence.
Another issue that arises is the drilling based fluid waste, which can be reduced using different methods. ExxonMobil decreased their waste before the law even implemented it 10 years ago. Now they employ a method called Centrifugal Cuttings Drying, which uses non-aqueous fluids to diminish the amount of waste deposited back in the ocean. Another technological improvement is the use of the Fast Drill Process, which has increased their drilling operations by 80%. This in return has allowed them save as much energy as taking 1200 cars off the road annually. Along with the fast Drill Process, they have improved their Boreholes so that there is a 10% annual reduction of cuttings that end up as waste in the ocean. The cuttings are then disposed of in the most efficient way while doing the best to respect the environment. Most of the cuttings on ground, end up on land that is farmed because they are made up of rock fragments, water and additives. When the cuttings come from offshore drilling, they are first treated and then put back into the ocean unless there are areas that do not permit it. Through studies, they have been able to prove that the spreading the cuttings in the ocean, after being treated does not cause any long term consequences. Disposing of the elements back into the ocean allows for less gas emissions, as the rigs do not have to go back to shore to do so. The corporation is also using drill cuttings injections which results in injecting the cuttings back into subsurface structures in order to permanently isolate them.
They have also made conscious steps in preserving freshwater quality and availability around the world. The corporation has realized the impact that their operations have on the availability and preservation of freshwater and therefore are trying to be pro-active in reducing their negative impact. One example is in Indonesia where the company now recycles 100% of the water they accrued while drilling which amounts to 125,000 barrels of recycled water. They also re-use rainwater that is accumulated during the...