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News Release
3/9/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA —Exxon misrepresented its safety record at its Torrance refinery to lawmakers at a public hearing at Torrance City Hall last week, suggesting its February 18 explosion and fire was unique, and did not acknowledge how extensively the blast damaged its ability to supply gasoline, Consumer Watchdog said today. “The fact...
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3/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, said there’s another force driving up prices. According to Liza Tucker, the group’s consumer advocate, while other states have a 24-day supply of gas reserves on average, California has just a 10-day reserve.
News Story
3/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California gas prices have shot up about $1 a gallon in the last month as oil refineries have been idled by a labor strike and an explosion. That's made gasoline much more expensive here than anywhere else in the nation — an average of $3.44 for a gallon of regular as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to price-tracker GasBuddy.com. Hawaii...
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2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Liza Tucker with Consumer Watchdog tells KCBS TV-2 in Los Angeles that the California Senate should issue subpoenas to Big Oil company CEO's if they don't give satisfactory answers in the upcoming hearings on the huge gas price increases across the state over the last month.
News Release
2/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said it looked forward to working with Senate lawmakers who today set hearings for March on possible refinery price manipulation, as the group had requested. “Gas prices have gone up 70 cents so far since refineries started shutting down and it is high time we had refinery executives on the hot seat to...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA—California refinery shutdowns and slowdowns are boosting refinery profit margins by as much as 72 percent, according to a key indicator called “crack spreads,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Crack spreads represent the price difference between what refineries pay per barrel of crude oil and what they charge for...
News Release
2/23/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that the retail price per gallon of gas in California has soared 53 cents between February 2, when Tesoro began shutting down its refinery in Martinez, through today. A regular gallon of California gasoline now costs an average of $2.96 a gallon. Consumer Watchdog has twice written state...
News Release
2/20/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog announced today that spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents since Tuesday when an explosion rocked Exxon’s Torrance refinery, according to the Energy Information Administration. Paired with Tesoro’s Martinez facility that is also shut down, 16.5% of California’s refinery...
News Story
2/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — A Southland consumer advocacy group called for an investigation Friday into alleged price manipulation at the pump after a sharp jump in local gas prices following an explosion at a Torrance refinery. Spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents per gallon since Tuesday’s blast and ensuing fire at the ExxonMobil...
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2/19/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to send independent inspectors to Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to verify whether companies are restricting supply to drive up gasoline prices. The two refineries represent more than 16 percent...