XOM stockholders aren’t going to like what Mrs. Burns reveals about the way “XOMan” operates on her family’s 38,000 ranch. Upstream, an industry publication, wrote a feature story about Elizabeth Burns and her efforts to get ExxonMobil to clean up it’s act.
Tracking the scent of oil giant legacy
Rancher Elizabeth Burns is single handedly taking on the might of US supermajor ExxonMobil in her struggle to get the company and its pipeline partner El Paso to clean up its act
YOU have to smell it to believe it. Elizabeth “Toddy” Burns grabs a handful of wet Texas sand, rubs it between her fingers and takes a big whiff.
“Uuuuuugggghhhhh,” she grimaces. “Fresh condensate.”
The small pile of dirt excavated by Burns’ posthole digger smells like a filling station, but the nearest place to buy gasoline is 40 miles (64 kilometres) away from the ranch.
She shoots photos and video as the hole fills with foul-smelling water.
The hunt for condensate leaks is just part of Burns’ effort to get ExxonMobil to clean up operations on the 38,000-acre McGill Ranch that has been in her husband’s family for three generations.
It is this reconnaisance that she documents each day with defiance on her blog rancholoslosmalulos.blogspot.com, “A satirical view from the McGill Brothers lease”.
The article (in its entirety HERE) is not at all something you would expect from an industry friendly publication like Upstream. It’s obvious the author, Noah Brenner, fully appreciates the amount of courage it takes to stand up to giant ExxonMobil. I was surprised to see exposure of the common, industry enabling practice of regulators allowing industry to self-regulate.
“We are actively engaged in a programme to remediate environmental issues that may exist,” ExxonMobil spokeswoman Margaret Ross said in an email.
However, Burns says those are dubious assertions, as she claims the company carries out its own testing and subcontractors file clean reports on land that still oozes sludge below the surface.
You might remember, that Mrs. Burns was sued by XOM in an effort to gag her. This affront to free speech was met with outrage in the blogosphere.
A visit to the Rancho los Malulos blog makes it easy to see why XOM would what to silence Burns. She does what hundreds of millions of housewives do all over the planet: She makes home movies . XOM does not want you to see her home movies.
Pictured is Mrs. Burns, the unicycle she rides in her videos and her dancing, post hole digging skeleton.