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Letter to Exxon Mobil in Response to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Mr. Darren W. Woods
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Exxon Mobil Corporation
5959 Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75039-2298

June 2, 2022

Dear Mr. Woods:

We are writing to express our concern about Exxon Mobil’s ongoing participation in the CPC pipeline company, in which Mobil Caspian Pipeline Company holds a 7.5% share. The CPC pipeline exports Kazakhstani oil from Karachaganak, Kashagan, and Tengiz via Russia to the Novorossiysk Terminal. Exxon Mobil has significant investments in Kazakhstan, and this product is transported via CPC. However, the pipeline also exports Russian crude, which accounts for approximately 13% of oil transport via CPC. According to media reports and the CPC website, the company plans to boost exports by 2.9% in 2022.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has incurred the outrage of the world, and spurred sanctions against Russian corporations, including Lukoil, Rosneft, and Transneft, which are shareholders in the CPC. While we commend Exxon Mobil’s humanitarian assistance to assist the people of Ukraine, the Russian government continues to earn oil revenues from the CPC pipeline, which finance the war.

We urge you to immediately stop allowing the transport of Russian oil through the CPC pipeline and find other routes for Kazakhstani oil to reach market. Continuing to do business in Russia is funding Putin’s war machine and costing Ukrainian lives.

We look forward to your response, which you can send to Crude Accountability, P.O. Box 423, Linden, VA 22642, USA and


Kate Watters
Executive Director, Crude Accountability, USA

Kaisha Atakhanova, Rakhimbek Altynbekovich Abdrakhmanov
Kazakhstan School of Applied Politics and Economic Research

Vadim Nee
Socio-Ecological Fund of Kazakhstan

Lukpan Akhmedyarov
Just Journalism, Kazakhstan