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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...
News Release
11/19/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The three major refiners that provide detailed profit information reported their best ever year to date from oil refining in California. Each company at least tripled their average historical profits in the third quarter, according to Consumer Watchdog’s analysis released today. The huge increases followed a record...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – Californians seem to be paying higher gas prices than anywhere else in the country. According to AAA, the current national average is $2.12 per gallon. Here is a look at the gas prices from around the country: NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICES State Gallon Colorado $2.00 Florida $2.15 Illinois $2.08...
Video
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians seem to be paying higher gas prices than anywhere else in the country. Paul Magers looks into the reasons why.
News Release
5/8/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- On a call with investors today, Gregory Goff, the CEO of Tesoro admitted refinery shutdowns and “disruptions” led to big profits on the oil company’s bottom line in the first quarter.  Tesoro’s profit per barrel in the first quarter jumped by 20 cents, amounting to California profits of $119 million...
News Release
5/5/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
San Francisco, CA — Consumer Watchdog published a new report today, “Refining Profits: How Californians Get Fleeced At The Pump,” showing that oil refiners have made large profits from gasoline price spikes recently and over the last decade. The report reviewed ten years of publicly available profit data. “The proof’...
News Story
5/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A new report from Consumer Watchdog confirms what Southland motorists have long suspected — oil refiners are drawing deep profits from gasoline price spikes. “Refining Profits: How Californians Get Fleeced at the Pump” reviews 10 years of publicly available profit data. First quarter profit reports from the state’s oil...
News Story
5/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
May 4, 2015 -- Another one-week spike in gas prices has unleashed new charges by Consumer Watchdog that refineries secretly orchestrated the recent 28-cent increase. Liza Tucker, a consumer advocate for the Santa Monica-based nonprofit, said last Thursday that the spike at the pump over the previous week was likely “due to an event not...
News Story
4/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
To deal with the surging price of gasoline, Chenni Kaur has developed a strategy: If low on fuel near her job in downtown Los Angeles, the Sunland resident buys only a few gallons so that she can get home where prices are a little cheaper. Still, Kaur said, she is spending as much as $80 a week to fill her Toyota Sienna van, up from about $50 or $...
News Story
4/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
To death and taxes, add one more certainty: Big Oil will always triumph at the expense of our families unless California starts standing up to oil companies by refusing to tolerate a system rigged in their favor. In February, when two refineries were mismanaged and went offline, gas prices spiked – forcing California drivers to pay nearly $...