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News Story
4/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
When California lawmakers met last week to begin asking questions about the recent rise in gasoline prices, Tom Steyer took notice. Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist and Democratic mega-donor, signed his name to a letter Monday sharing his appreciation for the Senate’s preliminary probe into why gas prices rose by more than $1...
News Story
4/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
For a year, Los Angeles area motorists have seen their gasoline prices soar as high as $1.50 a gallon more than the rest of the nation following an explosion at Exxon Mobil's Torrance refinery that destroyed the plant's pollution control system and constrained California inventories. Angry neighbors called for a permanent shutdown of the...
News Story
2/22/2016
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
2/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocate says California paid $10 billion dollars more for gas than the rest of the country partly because of the movements of a “mystery tanker.” Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court says his organization tracked the Exxon oil tanker “American Progress” along with other ships and made didn’t like what...
News Story
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship. The explosion at Exxon Mobil's huge Torrance refinery a year ago undoubtedly was a major factor contributing to high gasoline prices in California, especially in the...
News Story
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Collusion among California oil refiners “artificially inflated” pump prices in a move that enabled oil companies to make a “killing” in the wake of an explosion last winter at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery, nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog alleged Tuesday. Jamie Court, president of the Santa Monica-based group,...
News Story
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Keeping supply low and driving up prices California drivers pay more to fill their gas tank than drivers across the country, but Consumer Watchdog says that's because big oil companies manipulate the fuel supply. The consumer group released a study this week saying drivers spent 2015 paying much more for gasoline than other driver because of...
Video
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog explains how oil companies purposefully kept gas supplies low in California to drive prices, and their profits, up artificially.
News Release
2/8/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that California’s largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher than the nationwide average. The report...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Petroleum Market Advisory Commission heard testimony from oil company and consumer groups today explaining why we're paying 77 cents-per-gallon more for gas than the rest of the country. Jamie Court is with group Consumer Watchdog. He says oil companies have used an outage at an Exxon refinery in Southern California as an...