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News Release
6/30/2015
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Berkeley, CA --- At a meeting of the state commission charged with investigating gas price manipulation, Consumer Watchdog delivered an analysis showing that since the end of May California’s largest oil refiners have engaged in unprecedented price manipulation to keep California gasoline prices artificially high using their leverage over...
Video
5/24/2015
Some are wondering why gas prices are up at a time when crude oil prices remain low. "The last time gas prices were over $4.00 in California, crude oil prices were over $100 a barrel. Today, crude oil prices are about $60 a barrel," said Jamie Court, president of the non-profit Consumer Watchdog.
Video
5/22/2015
Ric Romero interviews Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog about why Consumer Watchdog has called on California’s United States Attorneys to investigate the unprecedented refinery outages driving California gasoline price spikes. In a letter, the nonprofit group presented circumstantial evidence that oil refiners may be manipulating gasoline...
News Release
5/15/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — Gasoline price spikes cost Californians an extra $2.4 billion for their gasoline between February and April based on the average pump price paid by the average American.  

 Southern Californians are currently paying $4.00 per gallon for regular gas, $1.30 more than the national average – the widest gap ever...
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5/15/2015
ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Consumer advocates are working on a plan to get oil companies to open up their books amid a recent spike in gas prices. “I do not know why the prices are set the way they are. I’ve often questioned that,” says Harriet Porter of Orange County. Currently, the average price in the Los Angeles and Long...
News Release
5/8/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- On a call with investors today, Gregory Goff, the CEO of Tesoro admitted refinery shutdowns and “disruptions” led to big profits on the oil company’s bottom line in the first quarter.  Tesoro’s profit per barrel in the first quarter jumped by 20 cents, amounting to California profits of $119 million...
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5/6/2015
Michael Finney covers a new report from Consumer Watchodg that confirms what California motorists have long suspected — oil refiners are drawing deep profits from gasoline price spikes. Tom Steyer & Jamie Court explain.
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5/5/2015
Consumer Watchdog released a report on Tuesday arguing that oil refineries have made large profits from recent gasoline price spikes. They argue that oil companies should be required to keep more gasoline in stockpiles in case a refinery goes down.
Video
5/5/2015
KTVU - SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - Prices have once again spiked at Bay Area gas pumps. KTVU spoke with customers at a San Francisco Chevron station where gas is now $4 a gallon. "A few weeks ago, I was paying about $3.20, $3.30. I don't see how it went up 50 cents over three weeks," says customer Marvin Moran. Once again, California...
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5/5/2015
Consumer Watchdog reiterated its call for greater state regulation of oil refiners. “Their incentive is to keep the current system of low inventories, downed refineries and little transparency in place,” the report concluded. “Governmental intervention is the only hope for changing a system that’s been tilted against...