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    CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Wins OSPRA Award

    For the second year in a row, the petroleum company won the Texas General Land Office¿s Oil Spill Prevention and Responsive Act Award.

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery was awarded the Texas General Land Office’s prestigious 2008 Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA) Award.

    For the first time, the award was given to the same company for two consecutive years, as a testament to the core values of CITGO and its commitment to environmental stewardship, the company reported.

    The OSPRA Award was established by the TGLO, the oldest state agency in Texas, to recognize organizations excelling in their efforts to comply with the state’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991. The agency’s primary functions include managing state lands and mineral rights, leasing drilling rights for oil and gas production and protecting the state’s natural resources, according to the company.

    The 2008 award recognized the refinery’s initiatives and achievements during the 2008 calendar year, which included:

    -- Zero oil spills from Jan. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008, while transferring some 6 billion gallons of crude, feedstocks and refined petroleum products across its marine docks.

    -- Commissioned an underflow dam to contain any residual oil within refinery property while still allowing for movement of rain run-off and tidal waters between Oak Park waterway and ship channel.

    -- Purchased, retrofitted and donated a portable trailer to the Texas General Land Office dedicated exclusively for treatment and rehabilitation of oiled wildlife affected by oil spills.

    -- Sponsored a "Regulatory Agency Day" for USCG, TGLO, TCEQ, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Texas Parks & Wildlife, U.S. Customs, and Corpus Christi Fire Dept. representatives to educate them on the refinery’s operations and to tour its facilities.

    -- Sponsored a "Marine Consortium" for USCG, TGLO, U.S. Customs, Pilots Association, Corpus Christi Fire Dept., and local shipping companies’ representatives to discuss various topics including dock operations, environmental and safety issues.

    -- Launched a campaign named "Finish Great in 2008" in late October as part of the Refinery's "Eyes on the Environment Program" to focus on completing the year on a very positive note by emphasizing environmental awareness.

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