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News Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Even in the midst of the heated presidential campaign, two news stories about alleged corruption in California government managed to draw significant headlines and public attention. One came when the state auditor issued a call for significant changes in procedures at the Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for almost all electricity...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In a region known for being among the worst nationally for its air quality, plans are marching briskly forward on a proposed integration project that will combine operations at two sprawling oil refineries near Southern California's Long Beach area, expanding it into the single largest oil refinery by far on the nation's West Coast. The...
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8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown’s campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the California Democratic Party...
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8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
http://consumerwatchdog.org/dirtyhands — Gov. Jerry Brown talks a lot about climate change, yet rakes in millions from fossil fuel companies. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/consumerwatchdog Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/consumerwd
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...
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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 Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California attorney general has issued subpoenas to several oil refiners to learn how they set gasoline prices, which are consistently higher in California than in most other states. Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp. confirmed on Thursday that they have received subpoenas in recent weeks. The attorney...
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...
News Story
6/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has issued subpoenas to oil refiners as part of an investigation into unusually high gasoline prices in California during the last year. California drivers paid pump prices that have been as much as $1.50 higher than the rest of the nation since last summer. Gordon Schremp, senior fuels analyst for the California...
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6/29/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Jamie Court responded to news that refiners in California had received subpoenas from the California Attorney General regarding gas prices in the state.