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News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
2015's high gas prices across California could have CA Atty General's office probing into suspected $10 billion gouging by state refineries. Santa Monica, CA —Do you still flinch when you're filling up? Last year, California drivers were gouged to the tune of $10 billion at the pump last year, according to the Santa Monica...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California drivers were paying as much as $1.50 more per gallon than drivers in the rest of the nation. Santa Monica, CA — California drivers were gouged to the tune of $10 billion at the pump last year, Santa Monica consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog said Thursday. The group was reacting to a report from the Wall Street Journal about...
Video
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says oil companies have been price gouging Californians to the tune of $10 billion compared to the rest of the nation, and are applauding the Attorney General's subpoenas to oil companies this week.
News Release
6/30/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that major California oil refiners are receiving subpoenas related to manipulating the gasoline supply to raise gasoline prices in the state. Consumer Watchdog provided evidence to the California Attorney General’s office one year ago today that refiners were using their market leverage...
Blog Post
6/3/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Update:  The clock last reset on October 910th after an unplanned shutdown at PBF's Torrance refinery. The refinery went offline after a 25 minute power outage in Torrance.   When refineries go down, gasoline prices go up.  That's why we started the clock on the next "unplanned" refinery outage: the Golden State...
Video
3/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates say federal authorities should investigate potential price gouging of consumers by oil companies.
News Story
3/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As corporate profit reports rolled in this winter from the gasoline refining industry, the case for gas price gouging grew steadily stronger. Start with the profits of the largest refiners operating in California. Then proceed to strange activities by an oil tanker, Exxon Mobil's SR American Progress. Close with hard figures provided by the...
News Story
2/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gas prices are about to soar dramatically, possibly increasing 30 cents a gallon by the weekend, according to consumer advocates and an industry expert. The increases are tied to the forthcoming switch to summer-blend gasoline, which is designed to reduce pollution in warmer weather and costs more to produce. Wholesale prices jumped 51 or 52...
News Story
2/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gas prices are expected to jump on Friday in southern California, but the rest of the country's increase should be more seasonal and incremental. Southern California's gas prices are expected to jump as much as 37 cents per gallon on Friday, but it should not be a bellwether for the nation. The prediction comes from Consumer Watchdog, a...
News Story
2/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California gas prices have dropped 31 cents in the past month. Over the weekend, they could go up by that much. Californians have been getting a break at the pump. "Lowest I've seen in years. I hope it don't go back up," said Al Wong, a driver. It's become a tradition, as oil refinery switch from the...