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Consumer Watchdog Testifies That Refiners Continue to Get Rich on Inflated Gasoline Prices By Cutting Production To Reduce Supply

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29. November 2016

Consumer Watchdog Testifies That Refiners Continue to Get Rich on Inflated Gasoline Prices By Cutting Production To Reduce Supply

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.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls For Sunlight On Big Oil Refiners To Avert CA Gasoline Price Spikes; State Energy Commission Panel To Make Recommendations On Transparency For Refiners

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22. April 2016

Consumer Watchdog Calls For Sunlight On Big Oil Refiners To Avert CA Gasoline Price Spikes; State Energy Commission Panel To Make Recommendations On Transparency For Refiners

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.

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Consumer Watchdog Tells So Cal Drivers Fill Up Now, Gas Prices To Rise Quickly As Major Refiners Switch to Summer Blend And Raise Prices On Their Dealers By 37 Cents Over Night

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25. February 2016

Consumer Watchdog Tells So Cal Drivers Fill Up Now, Gas Prices To Rise Quickly As Major Refiners Switch to Summer Blend And Raise Prices On Their Dealers By 37 Cents Over Night

Los Angeles, CA — The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog today warned Southern California drivers that they would be facing sticker shock at their gasoline pumps beginning this weekend as the state’s biggest oil refiners raised wholesale prices charged to station owners by 37 cents.

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Consumer Watchdog Report Finds Oil Refiners Rigged Imports and Exports To Inflate CA Gas Prices In 2015

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8. February 2016

Consumer Watchdog Report Finds Oil Refiners Rigged Imports and Exports To Inflate CA Gas Prices In 2015

Exxon Parked Tanker In Singapore, Chevron Exported To Drive Price Spike

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.

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Tesoro Reports Record California Profits After California Price Spike

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2. February 2016

Tesoro Reports Record California Profits After California Price Spike

Santa Monica, CA — Tesoro, the state’s second largest refiner, reported today that 2015 was its best year ever for refining in California. Based on an analysis of the company’s annual filing, Consumer Watchdog has found that in 2015 the company made $1.9 billion in California alone- their best year ever by over a billion dollars. The company controls 27% of California’s refining capacity. Tesoro made $423 million in California in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Gouged California Drivers Bankroll Chevron’s Best US Refining Year Ever

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29. January 2016

Gouged California Drivers Bankroll Chevron’s Best US Refining Year Ever

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.

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Overpriced California Gasoline Fuels Tripling of Valero’s Average Annual Profits

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28. January 2016

Overpriced California Gasoline Fuels Tripling of Valero’s Average Annual Profits

Santa Monica, CA — Valero, California’s fourth largest oil refiner, reported $852 million in profits from oil refining in California in 2015, blowing past prior years’ profits by treating drivers who buy California gasoline as cash cows, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Californians Overpay $10 Billion For Gasoline In 2015; Consumer Watchdog Shows Oil Refiners Rig Market With Secret Trades & Anti-Competitive Acts

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16. December 2015

Californians Overpay $10 Billion For Gasoline In 2015; Consumer Watchdog Shows Oil Refiners Rig Market With Secret Trades & Anti-Competitive Acts

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.

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Refiners Chevron, Tesoro, and Valero Each Triple California Profits In First Nine Months To Highest Ever; Spike Mirrors Record Lobbying Spending

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19. November 2015

Refiners Chevron, Tesoro, and Valero Each Triple California Profits In First Nine Months To Highest Ever; Spike Mirrors Record Lobbying Spending

Santa Monica, CA – The three major refiners that provide detailed profit information reported their best ever year to date from oil refining in California. Each company at least tripled their average historical profits in the third quarter, according to Consumer Watchdog’s analysis released today.

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California Consumers Drive Chevron To Record Refining Profits In First Nine Months

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30. October 2015

California Consumers Drive Chevron To Record Refining Profits In First Nine Months

Santa Monica, CA — Chevron today reported its highest U.S. refining profits for the first nine months of the year—a whopping $2.6 billion as compared to $1.7 billion for the same period last year. Since 54 percent of the company’s refining takes place in California, California drivers paid the price, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Tesoro & Valero Report Best 3rd Quarter Ever For California Refining On Record Gasoline Price Spike

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29. October 2015

Tesoro & Valero Report Best 3rd Quarter Ever For California Refining On Record Gasoline Price Spike

Santa Monica, CA – The two California refiners that break out California-specific profits today reported their most lucrative California quarters ever. Tesoro’s & Valero’s quarterly reports for July through September help explain why Californians have paid a dollar per gallon over the US average during 2015, Consumer Watchdog said today. The company more than tripled its per barrel profits.

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Excessive CA Gas Prices Fuel Best Refining Profits Ever For Valero, 14X More Than Same Quarter Last Year

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28. October 2015

Excessive CA Gas Prices Fuel Best Refining Profits Ever For Valero, 14X More Than Same Quarter Last Year

Santa Monica, CA – California’s 4th largest oil refiner reported today that it made its highest profits ever on oil refining in California this summer. Consumer Watchdog said the investor reports prove that the state’s excessive gasoline prices, which were a dollar more than the US average this summer, were pure profit for the refining industry and unreasonable.

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Consumer Watchdog Reports On Historic Gap Between Wholesale Prices and Retail Prices At Gas Pump To Expose California Gas Price Manipulation To Energy Commission

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13. October 2015

Consumer Watchdog Reports On Historic Gap Between Wholesale Prices and Retail Prices At Gas Pump To Expose California Gas Price Manipulation To Energy Commission

Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog testified Tuesday that the gap between the retail price paid at the California gas pump and the wholesale price of gas traded within the oil industry has never been greater – signaling gouging of the consumer.

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