Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Catlettsburg Refinery Receives Certificate for State's Environmental Leadership Program

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Aaron Keatley

Will undertake voluntary environmental projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented Catlettsburg Refining LLC with its certificate as a Master member of KY EXCEL, the environmental leadership program established by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.

Master membership is the highest level of the program. To attain it, the refinery had to demonstrate comprehensive environmental management planning, submit to an independent third-party assessment of the plant’s compliance and commit to and report on at least four voluntary projects to benefit the environment. 

“Catlettsburg Refining is to be commended not only for taking extra steps to improve Kentucky’s environment but also for serving as a role model for other companies,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The refinery is working to meet our energy needs and is also providing stewardship for our environment. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and Catlettsburg Refining are to be commended for their leadership in keeping Kentucky’s air and water clean.”

Catlettsburg Refining’s approved projects are part of a series of ongoing environmental improvements at the facility.  For membership in the leadership program, the facility pledged to replace underground piping and equipment to reduce the risk of groundwater contamination and to relocate its cumene truck loading area to reduce air emissions and fire risks.

Catlettsburg Refining also will purchase an infrared thermal imaging camera to detect escaping organic vapors that could impact air quality.  The facility’s fourth voluntary environmental project is a commitment to maintain the Savage Branch Wildlife Reserve Corporate Lands for Learning Program.  The Savage Branch Wildlife Reserve consists of 350 acres owned by the facility and has been used as an outdoor classroom by 16 schools in the Tri-State area of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.  

“As a Responsible Care® Company, we work together to continuously improve our health, safety and environmental performance, and to communicate with stakeholders about our refinery products and processes,” said Larry Echelberger, Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC senior vice president, refining. “Receiving the KY EXCEL award, which recognizes environmental efforts, is a special honor. The Catlettsburg refinery employees are committed to demonstrating we are worthy of this honor.”

KY EXCEL was launched in 2006 by DEP to encourage and recognize voluntary efforts that improve Kentucky’s environment.  Any individual, business or organization can learn more about KY EXCEL online at or by calling the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance at (800) 926-8111.