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News Story
2/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocate says California paid $10 billion dollars more for gas than the rest of the country partly because of the movements of a “mystery tanker.” Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court says his organization tracked the Exxon oil tanker “American Progress” along with other ships and made didn’t like what...
News Story
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship. The explosion at Exxon Mobil's huge Torrance refinery a year ago undoubtedly was a major factor contributing to high gasoline prices in California, especially in the...
News Story
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Collusion among California oil refiners “artificially inflated” pump prices in a move that enabled oil companies to make a “killing” in the wake of an explosion last winter at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery, nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog alleged Tuesday. Jamie Court, president of the Santa Monica-based group,...
News Story
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Keeping supply low and driving up prices California drivers pay more to fill their gas tank than drivers across the country, but Consumer Watchdog says that's because big oil companies manipulate the fuel supply. The consumer group released a study this week saying drivers spent 2015 paying much more for gasoline than other driver because of...
News Release
2/8/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that California’s largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher than the nationwide average. The report...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. Fuel experts and consumer advocates also told the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee that a high state gas tax and more rigorous...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Petroleum Market Advisory Commission heard testimony from oil company and consumer groups today explaining why we're paying 77 cents-per-gallon more for gas than the rest of the country. Jamie Court is with group Consumer Watchdog. He says oil companies have used an outage at an Exxon refinery in Southern California as an...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California's largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher in California than the nationwide average, claims a Santa Monica-based consumers group. In a report it submitted Monday to the...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group on Monday accused America’s two largest oil companies — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. — of deliberately starving California’s gasoline market of supplies last year in a bid to push up prices. And according to Consumer Watchdog, the effort worked. Several times last year, gasoline in California cost $1...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A variety of factors have conspired to boost California gas prices California motorists have long complained about high prices at the pump, but few drivers are aware of all the factors that push gasoline prices so high. Consumer Watchdog’s report offers a big piece of the puzzle. It alleges that California’s largest oil refiners...