Oil giant ExxonMobil hit with record £2.8million fine for carbon dioxide emissions emissions at Fife plant

Source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/02/20/oil-giant-exxonmobil-hit-with-record-2-8million-fine-for-carbon-dioxide-emissions-emissions-at-fife-plant-86908-23758071/

Feb 20 2012 By Chris Musson

THE world’s biggest oil firm were secretly fined a record £2.8million for failing to report greenhouse gases pumped out over Scotland.

ExxonMobil were hammered with the penalty by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), it emerged yesterday.

The fine – the highest ever for an environmental offence in Britain – was issued 17 months ago but not publicised.

It came to light after it was found buried in a report issued last week by SEPA, the Scottish Government’s anti-pollution watchdog.

The document revealed ExxonMobil under-reported 33,000 tons of carbon dioxide emitted from their ethylene plant at Mossmorran, Fife, in 2008.

EU regulations mean stringent fines for failing to report ­emissions of CO2, the main pollutant warming the Earth.

SEPA handed the fine to the Scottish Government for use on environmental projects.

But local MP, former prime minister Gordon Brown, asked whether Fife communities had benefited from the cash.

He added: “I want to be sure this will not happen again.

“A mistake of this magnitude and a fine of this scale should have been dealt with in a more open and transparent way.”

Friends of the Earth said the fine should have been publicised to show “complacency”.

ExxonMobil also had to pay another penalty of £844,765 for a similar error at their Fawley Esso plant near Southampton.

The firm said: “We regret the errors. We have reviewed and improved our procedures.”


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