Exxon's Attitude Problem

A spill raises new questions about the giant's safety measures

Is Exxon plagued by bad luck or a bad attitude? After suffering three major accidents in just the past ten months, the largest U.S. oil company is earning a reputation as a careless and callous despoiler of the environment. Last week Exxon ran into a storm of criticism from New York State and New Jersey authorities when it was disclosed that the company's shoddy equipment and poor maintenance procedures helped cause one of the largest oil spills in the region's history. On New Year's Day a 12-in. pipeline running under the Arthur Kill waterway, which separates Staten Island and New Jersey,...