Villages to get free Citgo fuel again

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Alaska villagers will once again receive free heating fuel from Venezuela's government.

The fuel giveaway will begin next month by Citgo, the Venezuela-owned oil company.

Some village residents, as well as other Americans in economically depressed areas of the United States, count on the extra fuel from Citgo.

Critics say the fuel program is a political ploy by Venezuela's socialist president, Hugo Chavez, to make the U.S. look bad.

This is the third year rural Alaskans have received heating fuel from Citgo.

The company usually pays for 100 gallons of heating fuel for each household, but Citgo says the amount might be smaller this year.

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