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News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report released Wednesday. The findings by NASA's inspector general surfaced...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists fear that a recent announcement by the toxics department that it will consider various cleanup alternatives at the controversial Santa Susana industrial site in southern California may be a veiled attempt to unravel an agreement made between the agency and responsible parties to clean the site to strict "background"...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists in a new legal filing this week say they have evidence showing that the toxics department has authority over the disposal of radioactive waste at the controversial Santa Susana industrial site in southern California, debunking the department's claim that it lacks such authority. The judge in the lawsuit has already filed a...
News Story
9/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Investigation finds firm owned by Google execs keeps jets at NASA facility There it buys fuel at prices from a half to nearly a fifth of market rate Planes used to jet off to exotic locations across the planet Google says arrangement has actually left NASA $2 million BETTER OFF Google executives have been jetting across the...
Video
9/24/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A year-long examination of federal government documents shows that a company owned by the founders of Google has purchased millions of dollars worth of jet fuel at below-market prices from NASA and the Department of Defense. The records show the company, H211, whose principals are also the principals of Google, used the fuel to fly their private...
News Release
9/24/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google’s top executives avoided paying millions of dollars in local property taxes on their fleet of aircraft based at NASA’s Moffett Field, as well as bought government fuel substantially below market price, a new investigative report shows.  Consumer Watchdog today said the U.S. Attorney should investigate....
Video
9/13/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
CNN's Dan Simon takes a look at the deal that helped Google founders get a discount on jet fuel from NASA. John Simpson discusses. The U.S. Department of Defense ended a little-known arrangement that for years allowed the tech billionaires to travel on sharply discounted jet fuel bought from the Pentagon.
News Release
9/13/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – The Pentagon has ended a deal described two years ago by Consumer Watchdog that allowed a company owned by top Google executives to buy jet fuel for a fleet of aircraft based at Moffett Field. The public interest group said today the aircraft should be evicted from the facility and an investigation opened to see if laws were...
News Story
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Top Google executives seem to have a penchant for travel on their private jet fleet to exotic locales in the Pacific Ocean, such as Tahiti, Palau, Fiji and Kiritimati, also known as Christmas Island, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The Google executives’ travel has come under scrutiny recently, after the U.S. Defense...
News Story
3/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An internal audit has concluded that NASA committed to an excessive and unnecessary cleanup of its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and a less expensive and invasive plan should be considered. The audit, released recently by NASA's Office of Inspector General, estimated that cleaning up the agency's portion of the property...