Special session Nov. 12 for HOVENSA deal

ST. CROIX — Gov. John deJongh Jr. has called the 30th Legislature into special session on Nov. 12 to consider ratifying a proposed operating agreement between the V.I. government and the prospective buyer of HOVENSA, Atlantic Basin Refining.

DeJongh transmitted a letter setting the special legislative session, along with copies of the enabling legislation and the agreement to Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone on Thursday.

Government House released the 98-page package late Friday afternoon.

The governor characterized the agreement as representing “the best use of the facility and the best opportunity to restart refinery operations resulting in hundreds of high-paying jobs on St. Croix, dedicated revenue streams to the Government of the Virgin Islands, and — for the first time — provide for the eventual deconstruction of the refinery and cleanup of the refinery site.”

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