Citizens Energy, the non-profit that partnered with Citgo to provide the oil, announced earlier this week that the free fuel program was being suspended due to falling oil prices.
Now, sources say Venezualen President Hugo Chavez directly intervened to reverse that decision.
Close to half-a million people nation wide were counting on free oil to heat their homes this winter, including many maine homes.
Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis says he was in direct contact with the Venezualen government, and says he’s heard the oil could be delivered by the end of this month.
The free oil program was started in the late 1970s to help folks during the first oil crisis.