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CITGO leads preservation effort in Corpus Christi

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CITGO Petroleum Corporation recently led a volunteer restoration and clean up project at Hans and Pat Suter Park in Corpus Christi. The project is part of the CITGO Caring for Our Coast programme, which promotes environmental conservation and restoration through a series of volunteer and educational efforts. The clean up is also in keeping with the company’s long held commitment to serve the communities in which it operates, and marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita striking the Gulf Coast.

"CITGO supports community involvement at both the national and local level, as demonstrated by our dedication to Suter Park and the greater Corpus Christicommunity," said Doyle Dommert, Vice President and General Manager of the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery. "Our staff gave back to their hometown by revitalising and improving park areas like the Butterfly Garden and the Memorial Garden so that their friends and neighbours can continue to enjoy the park for years to come."

For the past nine years, CITGO and its employees have helped ensure that the Suter Park area is clean and free of debris in an effort to maintain the park's natural environment and ecological value. The CITGO team takes a hands on approach to refreshing the park area throughout the year, helping with everything from grass and weed removal to picking up trash and trimming branches.

"The upkeep and revitalisation of Suter Park is an important and ongoing challenge," said Stacie Talbert Anaya, Assistant Director of the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department. "We are grateful for CITGO, its resources and its volunteers as they continue to support maintenance efforts in our park."

In August 2014, CITGO launched the CITGO Caring for Our Coast programme with an event to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education with Dr Robert Ballard's Ocean Exploration Trust. Since then, CITGO has led a series of volunteer efforts dedicated to mitigating coastal change, restoring vulnerable habitats and promoting the importance of ecological preservation throughout the Gulf Coast. In 2015, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery is celebrating 80 years of operations in the state of Texas.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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