Texas Clean Air Project
ExxonMobil has violated the Clean Air Act more than 4,000 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 Texas polluters to clean up their act
Pollution from refineries and chemical plants is making people sick, but regulators largely look the other way when big polluters break the law.
ExxonMobil broke clean air laws at its Baytown oil refinery and chemical plant near Houston more than 4,000 times over five years—compounding Texas’ pollution problems and endangering the health of nearby residents. It’s clear we need to take firm action to force Texas’ biggest polluters to clean up their act.
A winning legal strategy
Backed by our members, Environment Texas is standing up to ExxonMobil and other polluters, pressing regulators to act, and taking legal action. Using 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 a precedent that will reverberate throughout the oil industry and put renewed pressure on regulators to stand up for our health.
The latest in our court case
Our lawsuit went to trial in a federal courthouse in Houston in February. Our attorneys are now writing final briefs which must be submitted by mid-June. Judge David Hittner will rule on the lawsuit sometime thereafter.
- 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.