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8/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog said the high profits from the state refiners that report them helps to explain the odd, extreme current gap between retail and wholesale gasoline prices in the state.
Video
8/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
View on YouTube Consumer Watchdog says California drivers are being taken for a ride by Big Oil, because wholesale oil prices are among the lowest in the nation, but our retail gas prices are among the highest in the nation.
News Release
8/4/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog pointed today to big new California oil profit reports, gasoline pricing data and a candid remark from a refinery CEO to show that the companies are making unreasonable profits from California drivers due to their market power and anti-competitive practices.   Today oil refiner Tesoro reported...
News Story
8/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A nonprofit group that has repeatedly accused the oil industry of collusion to keep gasoline prices high in California reiterated that charge Thursday, pointing to new earnings reports, price data and remarks made by PBF Energy, the owner of the Torrance refinery. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, said the Santa Monica-based group...
News Story
8/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group accused oil refiners of intentionally keeping California’s gasoline prices higher than in the rest of the nation to bolster profits, despite growing inventories and falling wholesale prices. Consumer Watchdog argued Thursday that per-gallon pump prices should be lower than the current $2.69...
News Story
7/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Wholesale gasoline in California became the cheapest in the country this week, but that change has largely gone unseen at the pump, where consumers are still paying the highest prices in the continental United States to fill up their cars. Ample inventories along with relatively stable refinery operations and imports has driven down the spot value...
News Story
7/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s top prosecutor is investigating whether major oil refiners defrauded consumers by colluding to boost gas prices above what the rest of the country paid last year after the shutdown of the ExxonMobil refinery. The inquiry by Attorney General Kamala Harris comes in the wake of a report by the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog that...
News Story
7/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
TARZANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Whether prices are up or down, Californians consistently pay more than people in other states, and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris wants to find out why. Drivers are filling up for under $3 a gallon at many Southern California gas stations, but that wasn't the case last year. The group Consumer...
News Story
7/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Given stubborn premium, investigators may find market manipulation this time California Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating whether major oil refiners have artificially inflated retail gasoline prices in the state, the Wall Street Journal reports. I know what you’re thinking: Doesn’t California investigate the oilies after...
News Story
7/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has come around to confronting the big oil refineries over the big price gap between what we pay for gas here in California and what motorists pay in the rest of the country.  But she took her time to get around to it, says Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court. “She’s a very...