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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Receives OSHA Star Award for Maysville Gas Complex Facility

Facility is First United States Natural Gas Processing Plant to Receive Award


MAYSVILLE, Okla., Oct. 27 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded Texaco, operator of the Maysville Gas Complex, the agency's prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Award. Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and William White, OSHA Area Director, made the announcement today during an award ceremony held at the facility. The Maysville Gas Complex is the first natural gas processing plant in the United States to satisfy requirements for the Star award.

In the Voluntary Protection Program, management, labor, and OSHA work together to implement safety programs and processes that protect workers more effectively than simply complying with OSHA regulations. The program also recognizes participants for their dedication to safety excellence. The highest award offered by the VPP, the Star award, is reserved for participants that exceed OSHA standards, thereby making them models for their industry. There are approximately six million worksites in the United States under OSHA jurisdiction, and 393 of those are certified as Federal OSHA - VPP Star sites.

In making the announcement, Governor Keating said, "This is an important distinction for Texaco and the Maysville Gas Complex. Workplace safety is so important in today's competitive environment, and through this award, the Maysville Complex can now serve as a model for other natural gas processing plants throughout the United States."

William White, Area Director of OSHA - Oklahoma City, presented the award certificate and flag to employees and commended them for strengthening the plant's overall safety and health program through safety training and employee involvement.

Maysville VPP Team Chairman, Terry Stanley and Complex Manager, Charlie Adkison accepted the award for Texaco. Upon receiving the award, Adkison said, "We are very pleased to receive OSHA's VPP Star award. In 1993, Texaco set out on a mission to fortify the safety program of the Maysville Gas Complex by partnering with OSHA in the Voluntary Protection Program. This relationship, coupled with the commitment of Texaco management, the Oil Chemical Atomic Workers (OCAW) International Union, facility individuals and safety teams, has fueled significant growth in our safety culture."

The Maysville Gas Complex performs all major natural gas processing functions. Currently, the plant processes nearly 90 million cubic feet of gas and recovers approximately 13,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day. As operating partner of the facility, Texaco staffs the plant with 66 employees. The other owners of the facility are Oneok Gas Processing, L.L.C., Dynegy Midstream Inc. and Dynegy Midstream Services, Limited Partnership.

Congress established the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in 1982 to promote effective safety and health management in industry. VVP participant sites generally experience 60 to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries than would be expected of a similar facility with an "average" safety program. To attain Star status, participants must meet all VPP requirements. Following a thorough on-site review by an OSHA evaluation team, Star sites are certified for three years. After initial certification, the site must submit annual self-evaluations of their program and apply for re-certification at the end of the three-year period.

Updated: October 1998