Marathon oil Split

Today, Marathon completes the spinoff of its large oil refining business as a separate entity in Ohio and relaunches in Houston as a much smaller oil and gas exploration and production company.

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“London. BP has scored its first major victory in the legal battle over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after a judge dismissed a series of environmental claims against the British oil major. More than 100,000 claims are being processed by the Louisiana court in relation to the accident, which killed 11 men and led to a three-month oil leak in April last year. The suits, divided into eight groups, are due to be heard in a series of sittings starting next February.”

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Reducing Financial Risk by Reducing Pollution

Reducing financial risks by reducing pollution helps to increase yearly profits and economic growth. The general public are very conscious of effect of pollution on their health and environment but not on their economic well being. Therefore, some people including suppliers, investors,  and customers take into consideration the effect of their action on the environment but forget to consider the  financial risk associated with pollution.

In a commercial real estate transaction, buying commercial real estate without doing environmental assessment can be very risky. The commercial buildings are used to manufacture products or store products. The raw material for production and products themselves may contain toxic substances that are regulated. If a person buys a commercial real estate that is contaminated by previous owner, the new owner becomes responsible for cleaning up the contamination. Sometimes the cleaning up cost can be in millions of dollars. Therefore, to reduce financial risk in any real estate transactions, one must pay attention to pollution.

For industry, the financial risk is very high. Suppliers, customers and investors use different information available in the public domain to make their decision. Lack of attention to details in the design, material of construction, operation and maintenance  of a facility can cause accident that may kill many people,  make people sick, contaminate water, soil and air. Some of these accidents are required by law to be reported to government agencies and sometimes these accidents are in the  in the news. This public information is currently being used as part of decision process to buy a product or invest in a company. The actions of the consumers and investors can cause  loss of revenue and decrease in profit for a company.

For example, many BP customers avoided buying fuel from BP during the oil spill. Therefore, BP lost income and customers to competitors. In addition, they have to spend money to stop the leak and clean up the oil spill. The resources that suppose to be used for production and marketing were been channeled to control and manage the oil spill. The company’s image in the mind of the public may be of a company that pollutes the environmental. This perception  may affect BP financially now and  for many years to come.

In residential  real estate transaction, the financial risk can be high. Many families had found themselves in financial trouble and health problem because they bought their dream home that contains toxic lead or sheet rock that contains toxic chemicals. The expensive homes that were built before 1978 used paint that contains lead.  During this period, people used lead paint because of its high quality. If a person buys an old home without testing it for lead, he or she can end up remediating  a contaminated home to make it fit to live in. The amount of money to remediate lead contaminated house can be very high in addition to mortgage. To reduce financial risk in buying an older home,  you need to  test for lead before buying it. The test must be done by a certified lead-paint inspector or assessor.

Reducing pollution can be a key to compete in the market place by offering alternative green products. The products varies from cleaning products to organic food.

Copyright @Emmanuel T. Wada

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Recovery of Wasted Energy

Energy resources from hydrocarbons such as oil, natural gas and  coal are wasted every day as  heat and  vent gases. Recovering this wasted heat and gases can reduce pollution, global warming or reduce health problems resulting from pollution. The technologies for recovering these wasted energy resources are available. We need an effective environmental policy such as an exemption from property taxes for all pieces of equipment that  are installed to increase energy efficiency or reduce energy use per a unit of product produced.

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