CITGO Committed to Fully Cooperating with CSB Investigation
Dec 9, 2009
HOUSTON, Dec. 9, 2009 --- CITGO Petroleum Corporation appreciates the thorough, ongoing investigation conducted by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and has already taken action on the board’s recommendations announced today. We hold nothing in higher regard than the safety of our employees and members of the local community.
Additionally, CITGO remains committed to fully cooperating with the ongoing CSB investigation into the July 19 incident at the CITGO Corpus Christi refinery and looks forward to reviewing the findings of the full report.
Our engineering calculations of the amounts of hydrogen fluoride (HF) released were based upon and supported by thousands of air monitoring samples taken by CITGO as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a rigorous mass balance.
Finally, by raising concerns to CSB’s release of the incident videos at this time to the public, we were simply acting in good faith to maintain and preserve the security of our refinery. Moreover, CITGO has provided these videos to all the investigating agencies that requested them.
Through ongoing efforts and in coordination with participating organizations, we remain committed to operating safely and preventing future incidents.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals 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.