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Judy Dugan

Dugan - who has written 655 posts on Oil Watchdog.

Judy Dugan concentrates as an advocate on health care reforms, oil industry issues and telecommunications. She also writes and edits foundation publications and conducts media outreach. A former Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Los Angeles Times, Dugan was the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series on California government in 2004. She earlier held positions with the Times including Assistant Op-Ed Editor and Voices Editor. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Dugan was an editor and reporter for United Press International in Washington D.C. and Chicago from 1977 to 1988. Dugan was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and a small-business owner in North Conway, New Hampshire, but now she's sticking with California, and Consumer Watchdog.

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Chevron Counts on Jigsaw Puzzle of Safety Regulation to Escape Oversight, Accountability, Says Consumer Watchdog

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Chevron Counts on Jigsaw Puzzle of Safety Regulation to Escape Oversight, Accountability, Says Consumer Watchdog

Santa Monica, CA — Monday night’s explosion and hours-long fire at Chevron’s large oil refinery in Richmond, Ca., released toxic chemicals including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in unknown amounts, sending hundreds of local residents to local hospitals with breathing and eye complaints. Yet the state agency with the most expertise in regulating such toxins, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, claims it has little to no oversight of dangerous substances produced in refinery accidents, said Consumer Watchdog.

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Attack of Noir Satire Hits ‘Arctic Ready’ Shell Oil

Friday, August 3, 2012

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Attack of Noir Satire Hits ‘Arctic Ready’ Shell Oil

Shell Oil wants a 90-percent safety reduction in its “Arctic readiness?” No wonder it can’t take a joke, especially from Greenpeace.

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Oil vs Water: California’s Underground Battle

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Oil vs Water: California’s Underground Battle

The word “fracking” exploded into the American vocabulary just a few years ago. People from Pennsylvania to Wyoming found chemicals creeping into their drinking water; some could light flammable gases straight from the faucet (video).as oil companies injected chemical-laced water deep underground to fracture gas-bearing rock. But in California, a narrow industry definition of fracking and the inattention of regulators kept the state mostly out of the conversation.

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Regulator to Shut Down Refiner After Leak That Endangered N. California Community

Monday, July 16, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Regulator to Shut Down Refiner After Leak That Endangered N. California Community

State Department of toxic Substances Control Must Send “Strong Message” to Evergreen Oil Re-Refiner Over Repeated Safety Lapses, Accidents

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog called on the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Debbie Raphael, to indefinitely close the Evergreen Oil waste-oil re-refinery in Newark, Ca. in a letter sent today. On July 6, a pipe leak spewed “superheated oil” and triggered an emergency evacuation of the facility. The company and Newark police warned the surrounding community, including a nearby elementary school, to expect a wave of “strong odors” from the leak.

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Senator, Energy Investigators Slam Refinery Price Manipulation

Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Senator, Energy Investigators Slam Refinery Price Manipulation

The energy investigators who nailed Enron for energy price manipulation that nearly bankrupted California just took aim at oil refining giants including Chevron and BP. May the refiners’ gasoline-price schemes now come crashing down in an Enron-style heap. We’ve known for years that California and West Coast refiners find endless ways to shut down some [...]

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California’s Lofty Perch on Gasoline Prices

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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California’s Lofty Perch on Gasoline Prices

California gasoline prices are still soaring, even as the rest of the nation sees falling pump prices. The reason is simple: Refiners control the supply.

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“Gas Pain” At Pump and Smokestack

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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“Gas Pain” At Pump and Smokestack

This California license plate, “Gas Pain,” might be the sly joke of a gastroenterologist, but it’s not on a Mercedes. So let’s stipulate that it means pain at the pump, with a gallon of regular gas stuck for months at around $4.40. This kind of price is as usual fueled by investor speculation and an [...]

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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

Ohio has shut down the natural gas drilling wastewater disposal well that triggers earthquakes. Politicians are finally reacting to drinking water contamination, too. We need new disposal methods for the salty, toxic waste and ways to hold oil companies accountable. Here are 10 great ways to do both!

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2012: Few Jobs, But Gobs of Profit for Oil

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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2012: Few Jobs, But Gobs of Profit for Oil

The reviled “jobless recovery” of the U.S. economy won’t improve much in 2012, say the usual forecasters. But oil company executives and market speculators can break out the champagne now as the price of crude oil starts the year with a huge jump. It’s not about Iranian threats or rising demand, it’s about speculative profits.

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BP Lies Down With Russia, Gets Up With Fleas

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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BP Lies Down With Russia, Gets Up With Fleas

British oil giant BP would like us all to forget its record oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year, a deadly 2005 explosion at its Texas City oil refinery and a major Alaskan oil spill in between–all of them the result of a company that cared more about the bottom line than about [...]

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Wall Street Oil Speculators Hurt Families, U.S. Economy

Friday, October 14, 2011

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Wall Street Oil Speculators Hurt Families, U.S. Economy

OilWatchdog and other critics of commodity speculation have long said that rampant speculation in oil futures markets  has hurt families, cost jobs and kept the U.S. economy teetering on the edge of recession. Energy analyst Marc Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America, in a nailed-down new study. finds that speculators are adding about $600 to [...]

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Fracking and Yakking

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Fracking and Yakking

Exxon Mobil, which is making big bets worldwide on hydraulic fracturing for deeply buried natural gas, is also making big bets on its sincere, earnest advertising about clean, safe natural gas. The ads turn me into a crazy person, yelling at the television during halftimes and seventh-inning stretches. Their claim that they ensure compliance with all “applicable [...]

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Take Action on Gas Prices

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Take Action on Gas Prices

Here’s a petition from our ally Public Citizen, calling on federal regulators to quit stalling and rein in the financial speculators who are jacking up gasoline prices. It’s well worth the few seconds to click on the link and sign the petition. Fight back against Goldman Sachs and the other big banks whose speculation costs [...]

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