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How Citgo mourns
Chavez angers Houstonians

Houston Chronicle, by Carol Christian

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 3/7/2013 7:37:41 AM

The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has received extra notice in Houston, home base of Citgo, the national oil company of Venezuela. At Citgo Petroleum Corp. headquarters, 1293 Eldridge Parkway, flags on Wednesday were reportedly lowered to half-staff in memory of the South American leader who died Tuesday after battling cancer. Citgo stations are independently owned, so the decisions to lower a flag at a particular station would be up to each owner, a spokeswoman said. The company issued this statement Wednesday by email: "President Hugo Chávez of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela leaves behind

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: franq, 3/7/2013 7:43:41 AM     (No. 9212595)

I avoid Citgo like the plague.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mrduc, 3/7/2013 8:03:48 AM     (No. 9212633)

Haven´t bought fuel at citgo for YEARS. Newsflash to citgo: chavez was NOT an American, so a pox on you and your crummy gasoline for flying our flag at half-staff for a commie murderer.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/7/2013 8:22:18 AM     (No. 9212676)

If they want to fly a flag at half staff for Chavez, it should be the flag of their home country Venezuela, not American. I would be ok with that.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 3/7/2013 8:40:59 AM     (No. 9212710)

Why would they rationally place the flag of Venezuela at half mast? His death was the best thing that ever happened for the people of that country.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: melman, 3/7/2013 9:19:15 AM     (No. 9212789)

All US flags should be flown at half-staff for the way our spineless Congress and Commie Obama is slowly killing our Country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chicodon, 3/7/2013 9:27:13 AM     (No. 9212805)

Aren´t people boycotting Citgo?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hotrod, 3/7/2013 9:32:13 AM     (No. 9212818)

I have heard rumors that CITGO gas, used by independently owned stations, has caused problems for people. It is alleged that the independent stations (convenience stores, mostly) fail to have the additives put in the gas, to save money. The additives are what keeps fuel injectors and combustion chambers clean. Since there is no corporate standard or oversite for operating these ´´stations´´, you take your chances with this gas.

A fill-up with one of the premium fuels (Shell, Exxon, etc.) usually only costs less than a dollar more (if the price difference is a nickel and you buy 20 gallons), but you will probably save money in the long run.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bighambone, 3/7/2013 9:37:35 AM     (No. 9212831)

Citgo can lower their Citco company flag for anyone they wish, but they should not be lowering the American flag for any foreigner unless the US Government gives them the "OK" to do that by way of an official proclamation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Gallo3, 3/7/2013 9:43:38 AM     (No. 9212844)

Breaking news: all the tanker trucks from all the gas stations- regardless of brands- fill up at the same pipeline and tank farm.

If there is an additive in the gas, they all have the same thing.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JimJr, 3/7/2013 10:16:25 AM     (No. 9212904)

I´m with #1.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 3/7/2013 11:37:27 AM     (No. 9213057)

While I don´t ever buy gas at Citgo because I don´t knowingly support despot Commie dictators, I really don´t blame Citgo for flying the Venezuelan and Citgo flags at half staff. Chavez was a nutcase Commie, but he was their country´s president. That is their business.

But they never should have flown the US or Texas flags at half-staff!!! That was incredibly stupid on their part, and they deserve every bit of ridicule and lost business that they get.

Of course, as stupid as so many Americans have proven themselves to be the last two presidential elections, if Citgo is 2 cents cheaper than their neighboring stations, the lines will be around the block to buy gas there...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: thebeez, 3/7/2013 11:45:59 AM     (No. 9213071)

#7 All the gas station delivery trucks fill up at the same terminals. It is the same gas everywhere. I know because I can see the terminals and the trucks.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: 4poster, 3/7/2013 1:26:27 PM     (No. 9213265)

#9 & 12, The gasoline is the same but each major has its own additive pack that is dropped into the tanker before filling with gasoline. Grocery stores and others are cheaper because they don´t buy an additive pack.

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