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News Release
2/19/2015
CONTACT 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
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
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...
News Release
2/6/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Consumer Watchdog today sent a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Robert Weisenmiller, Chair of the California Energy Commission, asking that they investigate Tesoro’s decision to shut down its Martinez refinery indefinitely as steelworkers mount a national strike. “This is an inopportune...
News Release
5/17/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of Tesoro’s acquisition of BP’s Carson...
Blog Post
2/27/2013
By Jamie Court
If you think the price you are paying at the pump today is too high, what do you think will happen if there are even fewer oil companies providing your gasoline? Consumer Watchdog has been working to stop the merger of BP and Tesoro in California -- which would leave two gasoline refiners controlling more than 50% of the gasoline market. That...
Blog Post
12/13/2012
By Liza Tucker
Who would want two companies, Tesoro and Chevron, to control more than half of California's gasoline market? Only people, like oil company executives, who think paying five dollars a gallon should be the new normal. That could happen, though, if a deal goes through for Tesoro to buy BP's refinery in Carson and its low-cost Arco brand. In...
Blog Post
11/9/2012
By Liza Tucker
As gas prices spiked in California last month to blow past even Hawaii’s highest-in-the-nation, the state’s refineries were exporting gas. That’s right, exporting, just like the rest of the nation’s refineries. According to the Energy Department, we are now net exporters of fuel for the first time since 1949. According to...
Blog Post
11/1/2012
By Liza Tucker
If there’s one industry that has free rein in California, it’s the refinery business.  California doesn’t regulate supplies of gasoline, so refineries here only keep around ten days on hand, instead of the more than three week supply most refineries do in other states. We’ve only got 14 refineries here making gasoline...