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Video
3/9/2015
Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, said there’s another force driving up prices. According to Liza Tucker, the group’s consumer advocate, while other states have a 24-day supply of gas reserves on average, California has just a 10-day reserve.
Video
2/27/2015
Liza Tucker with Consumer Watchdog tells KCBS TV-2 in Los Angeles that the California Senate should issue subpoenas to Big Oil company CEO's if they don't give satisfactory answers in the upcoming hearings on the huge gas price increases across the state over the last month.
News Release
2/26/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said it looked forward to working with Senate lawmakers who today set hearings for March on possible refinery price manipulation, as the group had requested. “Gas prices have gone up 70 cents so far since refineries started shutting down and it is high time we had refinery executives on the hot seat to...
News Release
2/25/2015
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—California refinery shutdowns and slowdowns are boosting refinery profit margins by as much as 72 percent, according to a key indicator called “crack spreads,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Crack spreads represent the price difference between what refineries pay per barrel of crude oil and what they charge for...
News Release
2/23/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that the retail price per gallon of gas in California has soared 53 cents between February 2, when Tesoro began shutting down its refinery in Martinez, through today. A regular gallon of California gasoline now costs an average of $2.96 a gallon. Consumer Watchdog has twice written state...
Blog Post
2/18/2015
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 Release
2/18/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Responding to a shutdown of two refineries that produce 16 percent of the state’s gasoline, Consumer Watchdog called on state officials to send independent inspectors to verify refinery claims that the shutdowns were really necessary. “We write now to request that independent inspectors be sent immediately to...
Blog Post
2/5/2014
By Judy Dugan
TransCanada, the company that would build and own the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s tar sand fields to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has dialed up its lobbying in Congress after a U.S. State Department report that favored the pipeline. The giant oil pipeline is perfectly clean and safe, say the lobbyists. TransCanada will be using the best,...
News Release
8/8/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to review whether top Assembly communications chief Steve Maviglio broke the law by having economic interests as a private consultant on legislation while influencing Assembly decisions about that legislation, and for holding stock in fracking companies while...
Video
7/16/2013
A new study from a leading consumer rights group says the much debated Keystone XL Pipeline would dramatically increase the price people pay for gasoline, but supporters of the pipeline accuse the group of engaging in a misinformation campaign. The pipeline would transport oil from fields in Canada down to the Gulf States, but Consumer Watchdog...