Last week ExxonMobil issued its third-quarter 2020 update. The company announced it is currently reviewing and making a decision about whether or not to write down (impair) the value of its North American dry gas assets–i.e. XTO Energy. If it writes down the value XTO assets, it will take a huge write-down in value (assets currently on the books at a value of $25-$30 billion).
NOTE: MDN revised this post on 11/9/20 to reflect new information. See an extended explanation below.