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Pennsauken, NJ – March 28, 2012 – Volunteers from CITGO Petroleum Corporation joined forces with New Jersey Natural Lands Trust, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the New Jersey Audubon Society and the Cooper River Watershed Association on Saturday, March 24 for a volunteer clean-up of the Delaware River shoreline at Petty’s Island in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

More than 50 CITGO and community volunteers removed litter and beautified the island to help safeguard its natural habitat and wildlife. There is now a growing diversity of flora and fauna on the 500-acre island, with more than two hundred bird, mammal and amphibian species catalogued to date, including the bald eagle. The clean-up efforts targeted a wooded section of Petty’s Island facing the Cooper River.

“CITGO is deeply committed to safeguarding the environment for future generations and Petty’s Island is a key part of that commitment,” said CITGO President and CEO Alejandro Granado. “This initiative is directly aligned with the environmental principles of our shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA).”

In 2009, CITGO donated a conservation easement on Petty’s Island to the state of New Jersey and provided a grant of $3 million toward the beautification and the construction of a cultural and natural heritage center. Since then, CITGO has completed multiple remedial projects and activities across the property in preparation for its transfer to the state. The primary objective of the donation is to create an ecological preserve and a center for historical and environmental education.

About CITGO

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. For more information visit www.citgo.com.

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