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4/9/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA --- California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer group said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in...
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4/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in February, driving prices at the pump artificially high, a situation exacerbated by low gasoline inventories in California.
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4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Consumer Watchdog released a report on Thursday, saying that Californians spent $1 billion more on gas than the rest of the country during the month of March.  The group says the price spike is due to a shortage of gas caused by two refineries going offline. One caused by a labor...
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4/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
(Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer and the head of a consumer watchdog group on Tuesday said California state lawmakers should subpoena oil industry executives if they fail to answer questions about February's gasoline price spike. The call comes after oil executives were absent from a March 24 state Senate hearing in...
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4/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians are used to gyrating gas prices, but the latest swing from the lowest in years to nearly a dollar above the national average is leaving drivers in a tizzy. Some are accusing oil companies of manipulating prices. The industry blames an explosion and a strike at two refineries. Academics say it's structural — the unique...
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3/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
“Oil refiners are gouging Californians by keeping the state running on empty so that when refineries go down gasoline prices shoot up,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “It’s time for the legislature to require that oil refiners keep another week of gasoline inventory on hand to avoid perennial price spikes...
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3/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
State senators investigating a recent surge in California pump prices at a Tuesday hearing grappled with price-fixing accusations and pressure to shift to alternative fuels. Members of the transportation, housing and energy, utilities and communications committees questioned why retail gasoline prices in California rocketed past prices in the rest...
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3/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Group tells Senate committee this latest price increase was orchestrated by refineries SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A consumer watchdog report says California oil refineries have about half as much gasoline on hand compared to the rest of the country. Tuesday a consumer advocate told a Senate committee the situation has lead to a spike in gasoline prices...
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1/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
MID-CITY (CBSLA.com) — Drivers are rejoicing after the price of crude oil dropped again Monday, signaling another fall for gas prices. Crude oil slipped to below $50 per barrel for the first time in five years, and experts predict prices at the pump could remain in the range of $2 per gallon into the spring. The dwindling numbers are tied to...
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12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court calls it the “January surprise.” Court, president of the Consumer Watchdog nonprofit, is convinced oil companies may try to artificially inflate California’s gasoline prices in January. The reason? Come the new year, California’s cap-and-trade system for reining in the greenhouse gases behind global warming will...