CITGO Applies for New Jersey Landowner Incentive Program
Sep 2, 2004
CITGO Applies for New Jersey Landowner Incentive Programwww.CITGO.com .
TULSA, Okla., September 2, 2004 --- CITGO Petroleum Corporation submitted an application Wednesday, September 1, 2004, for a grant from the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to protect the endangered species that inhabit Petty’s Island. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) established the program to aide landowners in conserving threatened and endangered species on their properties through creative projects that focus on improving, managing and protecting the habitats of these species.
"These grants support habitat protection on private lands, recognizing that landowners are often the best stewards of our natural resources," said Bradley Campbell, DEP Commissioner. "The grants will help New Jersey preserve the richness and diversity of its natural resources and rare species, while recognizing the interests of private owners."
CITGO owns Petty’s Island, a 392-acre island located in the Delaware River, across from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and near the New Jersey towns of Camden and Pennsauken. CITGO has offered to partner with the State of New Jersey to establish a wildlife preserve on Petty’s Island. Large portions of the island remain undeveloped and are recognized as protected habitat areas for several animals on the island which appear on the Federal Endangered or Threatened Wildlife list. In 2003, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) confirmed the presence of a pair of bald eagles nesting on the island as well as at least three other eagles on the island. Additionally, Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night-herons and various egrets inhabit a rookery within the wetland areas of the island. Whitetail deer, red fox, quail, geese, ducks, hawks, pheasant, various owls and songbirds also call Petty’s Island "home."
"We appreciate the DEP for their efforts to preserve New Jersey’s threatened and endangered species. We too act as guardians of our natural resources and the environment, and Petty’s Island, with its varied wildlife species, is a treasure that CITGO wishes to preserve and share with the people of New Jersey and the local communities surrounding the island," stated Luis Marín, CITGO’s President and CEO.
CITGO, based in Houston, Texas, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
For more information, see CITGO’s Web site at"