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Holding Big Oil Accountable

Holding Big Oil Accountable

For the last decade and a half, Consumer Watchdog has chronicled through a series of reports how California’s oil companies have cut back on production to drive up prices at critical moments and have manipulated gasoline prices in the state.  


Check out our key reports on California’s oil industry below:

Presentation to the California Energy Commission - Oil Refiners Cutting Production to Reduce Supply

November 29, 2016
Press Release: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrelease/consumer-watchdog-testifies-refiners-continue-get-rich-inflated-gasoline-prices-cutting-


Brown's Dirty Hands

By Liza Tucker

August, 2016
http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/dirtyhands 


Presentation to the California Energy Commission - Supply and Demand No Longer Exists in the California Gasoline Market

August 17, 2016
Press Release: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrelease/gasoline-trading-company-vitol-blames-exxonmobil-misinformation-california-2015-gas-pric

Full Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJV_fuk9XhY


Presentation to the California Energy Commission - Consumer Watchdog Calls for Transparency in Gasoline Markets to Avert Price Spikes

April 22, 2016
Press Release: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrelease/consumer-watchdog-calls-sunlight-big-oil-refiners-avert-ca-gasoline-price-spikes-state-e

Consumer Watchdog Presentation: http://www.energy.ca.gov/assessments/petroleum_market/2016-04-22/presentations/Consumer_Watchdog_April_PMAC_Presentation.pdf


Against the Tide: How Missing Tankers Pumped Up Gas Prices and Refiner Profits

By Cody Rosenfield 

February 8, 2016

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2017-09/reportagainstthetide.pdf


Oil Slicked: How Refiners Spend Millions to Protect Billions in Record Profits.

By Jamie Court, Cody Rosenfield and Liza Tucker

November 19, 2015

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/Oil_Slicked.pdf


Golden State Gouge: The Summer of Record Refining Profits
August 5, 2015

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/the_golden_state_gouge.pdf

Wholesale Gasoline Market Analysis
June 30, 2015

http://consumerwatchdog.org/resources/wholesalegasolinemanipulationanalysis.pdf

Refining Profits: How Californians Get Fleeced at the Pump
May 5, 2015

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/refining_profits.pdf

Price Spiked: How Oil Refiners Gouge Californians on Their Gasoline
March 24, 2015

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2017-09/PriceSpiked.pdf


Pump Jacking California’s Climate Protection
December 15, 2014

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/Pump_Jacking_Californias_Climate_Protection.pdf


Keystone XL: Oil Industry Cash Machine
July 16, 2013

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/Keystone_XL.pdf


Valero Energy and Its California Profit Pipeline
October 12, 2010

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/Valero_Energy_And_Its_California_Profit_Pipeline.pdf


The Road to Cleaner & Cheaper
May 19, 2009

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/THE_ROAD_TO_CLEANER_%26_CHEAPER.pdf


The Causes and Effects of the Record Breaking Price of Diesel
July 1, 2008

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/The_Causes_and_Effect_of_the_Record_Breaking_Price_of_Diesel.pdf


The “Katrina Syndrome”
July 23, 2007

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/KatrinaSyndrome.pdf


The Changing Relationship Between the Price of Crude Oil and the Price At the Pump
May 3, 2007

https://consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/Changing_Relationship_Between_the_Price_of_Crude_and_Price_at_pump.pdf