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News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
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 in California than the nationwide average, claims a Santa Monica-based consumers group. In a report it submitted Monday to the...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group on Monday accused America’s two largest oil companies — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. — of deliberately starving California’s gasoline market of supplies last year in a bid to push up prices. And according to Consumer Watchdog, the effort worked. Several times last year, gasoline in California cost $1...
News Story
2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A variety of factors have conspired to boost California gas prices California motorists have long complained about high prices at the pump, but few drivers are aware of all the factors that push gasoline prices so high. Consumer Watchdog’s report offers a big piece of the puzzle. It alleges that California’s largest oil refiners...
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2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog accused America’s two largest oil companies — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. — of deliberately starving California’s gasoline market of supplies last year in a bid to push up prices.
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2/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told by Consumer Watchdog on Monday.
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1/4/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court delivered this testimony and slide presentation on December 16th, 2015, to the California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee in Sacramento.  The panel is charged with determining the causes of gasoline price volatility.   Court lays out information compiled by Consumer...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
South Bay Reps. Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters have slammed ExxonMobil a second time for failing to comply with a federal investigation into a February explosion and September leak of modified hydrofluoric acid at its Torrance refinery. A strongly worded letter obtained by the Los Angeles News Group accuses ExxonMobil of hampering the federal...
News Story
10/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Immediately after announcing this week the company is selling its Torrance refinery, which has shut down since an explosion in February, ExxonMobile officials came under fire from Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica. “Is Exxon trying to wash its hands of responsibility for ignoring subpoenas, allegedly hiding witnesses and endangering the...
News Story
10/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here and then scroll down to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. In February, the Exxon refinery in Torrance was shut down when an explosion destroyed an air-pollution control device that's 12 stories high. Gasoline prices went up in Southern California, and the refinery is still not back on line. Now Exxon has plans to...
Blog Post
9/30/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
As government scrutiny intensifies on ExxonMobil, the company is apparently getting out of the state. Exxon  is reportedly selling its hobbled Torrance refinery in the wake of an investigation into management's responsiblity for an explosion Feb.18 that endangered workers and the community. Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter last week to...