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On January 18, 2012, Hess Corporation announced that HOVENSA, the joint venture of Hess and PDVSA, the national oil company of Venezuela, would close its oil refinery on St. Croix. This closure included the dismissal of all of its employees, and the termination of the contracts with all of its independent suppliers and contractors, thus costing over 2,000 residents to lose their jobs on St. Croix.  

We have created this page to keep the public up-to-date on the actions the governor and his administration are taking to address the short and long-term impacts of the refinery's closure. 

November 7, 2013
Governor Signs HOVENSA Legislation
November 4, 2013
Governor Comments on Passage of HOVENSA Legislation
October 30, 2013
Governor de Jongh Responds to HOVENSA Amendment "Issues" Raised by 30th Legislature
October 26, 2013
Attorney General Issues Favorable Opinion on Enforceability of the HOVENSA Fourth Amendment and Clarification Letter
October 24, 2013
Governor Comments on Senate's Delayed Action on HOVENSA Agreement
October 23, 2013
HOVENSA Agreement Will be Subject of Hearing on November 4th
October 18, 2013
Governor Resubmits HOVENSA Agreement with Clarification to the Senate
October 12, 2013
Government House Announces HOVENSA Decision to Increase Supply of Fuels for Local Distribution 
September 3, 2013
Governor and Cabinet Officials Meet with St. Croix Hospitality Officials