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Video
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...
Blog Post
2/18/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Today’s explosion at the Torrance refinery couldn’t come at a better time—for refiners interested in driving up the price of gas. That’s why we are calling for the California Attorney General, Governor, and lawmakers to step in. We want the Attorney General to send in some boots on the ground to rule out any price...
News Release
2/18/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Responding to a shutdown of two refineries that produce 16 percent of the state’s gasoline, Consumer Watchdog called on state officials to send independent inspectors to verify refinery claims that the shutdowns were really necessary. “We write now to request that independent inspectors be sent immediately to...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
State officials should send independent inspectors to verify oil company claims that the shutdown of two refineries in California were really necessary, says the group called Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica. In a letter Wednesday to the governor, the state attorney general and lawmakers, Liza Tucker and Cody Rosenfield of Consumer Watchdog say...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The explosion this morning at an ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance came at a bad time for fuel prices. After a benevolent winter of relatively low rates, wholesale gas prices have nearly doubled since mid-January, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. If ExxonMobil shutters the Torrance facility, its only...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
An explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Torrance is compounding concerns that limited oil refining capacity in California could push up fuel prices. Fire and police officials said a “second-alarm fire explosion” occurred at the Torrance facility  and closed Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenue and...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
An explosion and fire at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance Wednesday could mean bad news for motorists who may wind up paying a higher price at the pump. The explosion “most likely will contribute to upward pressure on (gas) prices,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California told City News Service. “If...