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2/19/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to send independent inspectors to Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to verify whether companies are restricting supply to drive up gasoline prices. The two refineries represent more than 16 percent...
News Release
2/19/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the spot price of gas leapt a dime overnight, as the group had predicted in the wake of two refinery shutdowns affecting 16 percent of the state’s refining capacity. “We really need proper oversight of refineries in terms of ruling out price manipulation via shutdowns,” said...
Video
2/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court urges Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to inspect Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to determine whether companies are artificially restricting supply to drive up gas prices, which make up more than 16 percent of...
Video
2/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to send independent inspectors to Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to verify whether companies are restricting supply to drive up gasoline prices. The two refineries represent more than 16 percent...
Blog Post
2/13/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
If you think the environmental news in California is depressing with the latest fiasco of regulators allowing oil companies to re-inject wastewater from fracking into hundreds of aquifers containing water designated as clean for years and years, it’s worse than you think. It’s the same story everywhere because most everywhere companies...
News Story
2/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Last November's election was a sleepy, low-turnout affair, but don't think it wasn't costly: The health and insurance industries spent about $114 million to kill a pair of ballot measures that would have hurt their bottom lines -- and, they say, patients and consumers.     Campaign finance reports filed this...
News Story
1/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Exide Technologies is in trouble again with state environmental regulators who on Wednesday cited the Vernon battery recycler for eight hazardous-waste violations. Inspections last week by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control found the lead-acid battery recycling plant was treating and storing contaminated sludge in...
News Story
1/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Sacramento judge has denied the Boeing Co.’s motion that argued that demolition and disposal of old buildings on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory can proceed without any intervention by state regulators. The ruling, made last week, means that the issue will continue on to a court hearing to determine the role of the California Department...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s insurance commissioner is ordering Mercury Insurance to pay a $27.6 million fine for charging wrongful fees to its auto customers. In announcing the largest fine against a California auto insurance company, Commissioner Dave Jones said Monday that Mercury charged customers the same amount...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance was ordered by the California Department of Insurance to pay a fine of more than $27.5 millionfor charging customers unapproved "broker fees," state officials said Monday. "While the $27.5 million fine against Mercury is significant, it is commensurate with the amount of money that was unlawfully...