Texas Clean Air Project
ExxonMobil has violated the Clean Air Act more than 1,000 times at its Baytown facility, while state agencies have looked the other way. Backed by our members, Environment Texas is standing up to ExxonMobil and taking our case to federal court.
It's time for ExxonMobil to clean up its act
ExxonMobil has broken clean air laws at its Baytown oil refinery near Houston on more than 1,000 separate occasions during the past five years — compounding Texas' pollution problems and endangering the health of nearby residents.
With Gov. Rick Perry's environmental agency looking the other way, it's clear we need to take firm action to force one of Texas' biggest polluters to clean up its act.
A winning legal strategy
Backed by our members, Environment Texas is standing up to ExxonMobil and taking our case to federal court. Employing the same strategy that allowed us to force Shell Oil to clean up its Deer Park refinery in 2009, we're exercising our right under the Clean Air Act to demand compliance with the law.
Cleaning up our air, one polluter at a time
With our legal action against Shell Oil in 2009 and now against ExxonMobil, we're taking a powerful stand against Texas' biggest air polluters.
We're also creating precedent that will reverberate throughout the oil industry and put renewed pressure on the government to stand up for our health.
The latest in our court case
On June 7, 2011, Federal District Judge David Hittner denied a motion by ExxonMobil to dismiss a lawsuit by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club against the company for thousands of violations of the federal Clean Air Act at its Baytown refinery and chemical plant complex.
- Almost 15,000 people live within three miles of the Baytown refinery.
- Able to refine 567,000 barrels of oil a day, Exxon Baytown is the largest refinery in America.
- Nearly two-thirds of Texans breathe air with unsafe pollution levels.