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News Release
11/29/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Advocates from Consumer Watchdog testified today at the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) that California drivers are still paying 50 cents more than US drivers as oil refiners continue to reap double their historical profits.   The nonprofit public interest group called...
Blog Post
6/3/2016
By Cody Rosenfield
Update:  The clock last reset on October 910th after an unplanned shutdown at PBF's Torrance refinery. The refinery went offline after a 25 minute power outage in Torrance.   When refineries go down, gasoline prices go up.  That's why we started the clock on the next "unplanned" refinery outage: the Golden State...
News Release
4/22/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog told a state panel looking into gasoline price manipulation today that a handful of big oil refiners have been able to charge California drivers 70 cents to $1 more per gallon than the rest of America because they have an information advantage over the rest of the market, the public and regulators. Consumer...
Video
2/9/2016
Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog explains how oil companies purposefully kept gas supplies low in California to drive prices, and their profits, up artificially.
News Release
2/8/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that 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 than the nationwide average. The report...
Video
2/8/2016
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.
Video
2/8/2016
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.
News Release
1/29/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Chevron's US refining profits soared to their highest ever in 2015, thanks to California drivers who paid inflated prices for gasoline, Consumer Watchdog said today. More than half of Chevron's US refining takes place in California. US refining profits made up $3.1 billion of Chevron's annual profit of $4.6 billion...
News Release
12/16/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today revealed to a state oversight panel new tactics by which California oil refiners had their most profitable years ever and state drivers paid more at the pump than ever before compared to US drivers. The nonprofit group said that California drivers will have paid $10 billion extra for their gasoline by year...
Video
11/19/2015
Californians seem to be paying higher gas prices than anywhere else in the country. Paul Magers looks into the reasons why.