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.