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Report on Gas Blast Sounds Too Familiar

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31. August 2011

Report on Gas Blast Sounds Too Familiar

A deadly brew of corporate carelessness and failed regulation caused the natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight residents in a quiet neighborhood of San Bruno, CA., says a long-awaited report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The harsh conclusions and strong language echo a similar report on the causes of a 2005 refinery explosion that killed 15 workers […]

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Oil Drops 14%, Gas Only 3.4% – Fuel Prices Vary Significantly

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31. August 2011

“There’s an old saying in [the] gasoline [industry],” Judy Dugan, research director for Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, Calif., said Monday. “Prices go up like a rocket and down like a feather. There is a higher disconnect between the actual price of oil and the price of gasoline.” Gasoline prices have been viewed as the “last bastion of competition,” Dugan said, “but in this case that appears to have failed.” Still, gasoline prices in the state vary significantly.

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Why Is Gasoline Price Staying High?

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10. August 2011

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Why Is Gasoline Price Staying High?

The old adage about gasoline prices, “up like a rocket, down like a feather,” has never been so true. The price of crude oil in recent days has been down near $80 a barrel, translating to about $1.92 a gallon. But the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to AAA, is […]

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Natural Gas Drillers: ‘We Don’t Need Your Stinking Air Rules’

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3. August 2011

Natural Gas Drillers: ‘We Don’t Need Your Stinking Air Rules’

Whenever regulators try to clean up our air or water, industry issues its standard “job killer” press release. Let your children keep their asthma and we won’t shut down our (oil, gas, coal) (refinery, drilling facility, surface mine), is the general theme. No surprise, then, that a coalition of deep-well natural gas drillers responded sternly […]

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