Environmental efforts in Guyana

ExxonMobil’s commitment to operating in an environmentally responsible manner is highlighted through its Corporate Environment Policy; Protect Tomorrow. Today. 

Article Nov. 21, 2017

Environmental efforts in Guyana

Our policy includes a set of expectations guided by a scientific understanding of the environmental impact of our operations balanced with the social and economic needs of the communities in which we operate.

Safeguarding the ability of the environment to provide ecosystem services such as food, water, shelter, clean air and cultural identity is vital. Our approach to managing biodiversity and ecosystem services considers factors such as the rarity of individual species and their roles, vulnerabilities and cultural significance in different ecosystems and habitats. For example, Shell beach revealed environmentally sensitive species including the rare leather back turtles, which contribute to the marine ecosystems, and mangroves, which provide a nursery habitat and natural sea defense. We focus on these specifics when conducting our environmental impact assessments prior to operations.

Environmental Resources Management, a third party environmental consultant, prepared a detailed draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Liza Phase 1 Development Project (click to view the EIA) which was submitted on February 27, 2017. The EIA evaluated potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts, proposed a  strategy to manage or mitigate impacts, identified project benefits, and provided the factual and technical basis to make an informed decision on Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited’s Application for Environmental Authorization to permit the Project.

ExxonMobil’s fundamental goal everywhere we operate, including Guyana, is to reduce environmental incidents to zero through a process of continuous improvement and the delivery of superior environmental performance. Not only do we comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and seek to go beyond these where practical, we apply international standards where laws and regulations do not exist.

Related content

Community and social responsibility in Guyana

At ExxonMobil we seek to contribute to the social and economic progress of the country and local communities where we operate. We believe that maintaining a fundamental respect for human rights, responsibly managing our impacts on communities and making valued social investments are integral to the success and sustainability of our business.

Guyana Article Sept. 28, 2018

About Guyana

Guyana Article Feb. 20, 2017

Guyana project overview

ExxonMobil initiated oil and gas exploration activities in Guyana in 2008, collecting and evaluating substantial 3-D seismic data that led to the company safely drilling its first exploration well in 2015, Liza-1.

Guyana Article Dec. 6, 2018