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News Story
2/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — A Southland consumer advocacy group called for an investigation Friday into alleged price manipulation at the pump after a sharp jump in local gas prices following an explosion at a Torrance refinery. Spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents per gallon since Tuesday’s blast and ensuing fire at the ExxonMobil...
Video
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...
Blog Post
2/18/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Today’s explosion at the Torrance refinery couldn’t come at a better time—for refiners interested in driving up the price of gas. That’s why we are calling for the California Attorney General, Governor, and lawmakers to step in. We want the Attorney General to send in some boots on the ground to rule out any price...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The explosion this morning at an ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance came at a bad time for fuel prices. After a benevolent winter of relatively low rates, wholesale gas prices have nearly doubled since mid-January, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. If ExxonMobil shutters the Torrance facility, its only...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
An explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Torrance is compounding concerns that limited oil refining capacity in California could push up fuel prices. Fire and police officials said a “second-alarm fire explosion” occurred at the Torrance facility  and closed Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenue and...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
An explosion and fire at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance Wednesday could mean bad news for motorists who may wind up paying a higher price at the pump. The explosion “most likely will contribute to upward pressure on (gas) prices,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California told City News Service. “If...
News Release
9/9/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities if lawmakers vote through a gut-and-amended Assembly Bill 1330 without new amendments this week, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog called on author...
News Story
3/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Are you ready for $6-per-gallon gasoline? Then $7 a little later? Premium grades of gasoline already go for more than $5 per gallon in some parts of California; regular skyrocketed to above $4.50 for a month at hundreds of service stations. There is no promise these near-record price levels will drop anytime soon, especially with summer...