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    Attorney General's Finding Clears way for Citgo Oil

    (2/28/2006)

    NEW HAVEN – Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. thanked Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for his quick response today that clears the way for needy Connecticut families to receive heating oil assistance.

    “Now that Gov. Rell has received the Attorney General’s opinion, we hope that she sees the merit of this program and the need for it in Connecticut,” DeStefano said today. “The fact is, so many families across the state are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter and this initiative will help many of them do just that. This week I look forward to finalizing the discounted oil program and the oil should start flowing shortly.”

    Blumenthal today issued a written finding that there is no legal impediment to a proposal to launch the Citgo Discounted Heating Oil Program in Connecticut, which DeStefano’s office helped to broker for the State. The Attorney General also found that the contract does not require any state action or approval.

    The City of New Haven, in conjunction with Citizens Energy Corporation, has secured 4.8 million gallons of oil through the Venezuela-CITGO Heating Oil Program for recipients of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP) in Connecticut. The program is currently being offered or has been approved -in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, and now Connecticut. The next step will be a contract signing ceremony between CITGO, Citizens Energy Corporation, and local service providers, allowing the 12 Community Action Agencies in the state that administer the CT Energy Assistance Program to sign onto a partnership with Citizens Energy Corporation in which eligible households across the state may receive a one-time delivery of oil at a discounted rate of 40% per gallon.

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