Environmental protection is a mainstream issue in today's society. Both internal and external drivers motivate the oil and gas industry to continuously improve environmental performance. Companies are integrating environmental considerations into their business plans to a greater extent, and are directing proportionally more resources toward managing these issues.

This paper addresses several environmental management focus areas in Exxon's domestic E&P sector to: 1) manage risks, 2) ensure compliance, 3) improve performance, and 4) assist in the development of balanced legislation and regulations. Specific examples of Production Department programs are discussed, along with keys to success for continued progress in improving performance.

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