ExxonMobil Accident Attorneys
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ExxonMobil is one of the largest private oil companies in the world. It operates facilities and markets products worldwide and conducts oil and natural gas exploration operations on six continents. ExxonMobil is involved in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, the manufacture of petroleum products, and the transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. One of ExxonMobil's main focuses is its Upstream division, which is comprised of unconventional, deepwater, heavy oil, natural gas (LNG), and conventional (oil and natural gas) businesses. The largest of these is the conventional oil and natural gas business, which involves operations in nearly 20 countries.
ExxonMobil was formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil, which were both created by the John D. Rockefeller corporation, Standard Oil, which was established in 1870. In 1911, a U.S. Supreme Court decision broke up Standard Oil into 34 separate companies, including the two that evolved into Exxon and Mobil.
Exxon's Historic Oil Spill
While ExxonMobil is a generous contributor to environmental causes, the company's environmental record has been targeted by critics for decades. Before the Exxon and Mobil merger, Exxon was behind one of the biggest oil spills in American history, so big that it wouldn't be surpassed until the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, left the oil company widely criticized for both the accident and Exxon's ensuing cleanup efforts, which were initially a failure.
After the Exxon Valdez struck a reef, the hull broke open and 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Prince William Sound. The oil slick would spread across 1,300 miles of Alaska's coastline. The oil devastated seabird, otter, whale, and seal populations, with about 250,000 seabirds dying because of the preventable disaster, along with 3,000 otters, and 300 seals. It also closed local salmon and herring fisheries for good, forcing many local business owners to file for bankruptcy. Even 30 years later, many of those wildlife populations and local businesses had still not recovered.
Investigations found that an unlicensed third mate had been navigating the ship when it hit the reef, and that this had happened while the captain of the vessel was drunk. Charged with a misdemeanor, the captain of the Exxon Valdez was fined $50,000 and sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service.
This oil spill led to the creation of the Oil Pollution Action of 1990, which increased the penalties for negligent companies that caused oil spills. As the Exxon Valdez only had a single hull, the new law also mandated double hulls for all oil tankers operating in United States waters.
ExxonMobil's Safety Violations Aren't Just a Thing of the Past
For instance, in June of 2023, a steam pipe burst while workers were performing maintenance, sending 6 workers to the hospital with burn injuries. An investigation into the incident found that the pipe couldn't hold up against the pressures used, which means safety measures had been ignored in order to have had that pipe in use to begin with.
As a leader in worldwide oil drilling, ExxonMobil is accustomed to contending with the law. With an annual revenue equal to some nations, the company is committed to protecting its holdings and developments. They have full-time staff entirely devoted to limiting their liability, no matter how dangerous, risky, or negligent their operations may be.
Injured While Working for ExxonMobil? Call Our Team.
When workers are injured by ExxonMobil's negligence, even the clearest case can be delayed on purpose by their full-time lawyers. Cases become muddled and stretched through endless investigation and deferral tactics, forcing injured workers and their families to go into debt or go without much-needed medical care.
Our ExxonMobil accident attorneys have dealt with these types of companies before. We know their tactics and their style, which means we know how to counter their best efforts to avoid accountability. Our clients have secured billions of dollars to rebuild their lives because we have the resources and experience to contend with billion-dollar companies. If you were hurt while working for ExxonMobil, we are ready to demand answers and enforce your rights.