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Consumer Watchdog Report Shows Keystone XL Will Raise American Gas Prices

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9. January 2015

Consumer Watchdog Report Shows Keystone XL Will Raise American Gas Prices

Santa Monica, CA — Following a Nebraska court’s ruling that the Keystone XL pipeline can be built, the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog said the issue should be moot for the Obama administration, the decision-maker, because the building of the pipeline will raise American gasoline prices – which are at historic lows.

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California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

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17. December 2014

California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

A report released by Consumer Watchdog at the summit showed that the companies had spent more than $100 million on lobbying and campaign contributions during the last five years in California to combat environmental protections.

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Consumer Watchdog Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs As Ploy To Raise Gas Prices & Undermine Cap and Trade

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15. December 2014

Consumer Watchdog Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs As Ploy To Raise Gas Prices & Undermine Cap and Trade

Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of gasoline.

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Earth Day, Earth Spin

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20. April 2013

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Earth Day, Earth Spin

It’s Earth Day. Here in California, state regulators are celebrating with their Keep California Beautiful Event that kicks off at the State Capitol followed by cleanup activities, like picking up litter and collecting e-waste, across the State. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that protects communities from toxic harm is in on the act […]

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Lessons (Not) Learned From the Chevron Fire

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10. April 2013

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Lessons (Not) Learned From the Chevron Fire

On Friday, federal accident investigators told California legislators that the state’s patchwork of oil industry regulations needs a serious overhaul. The Chevron fire that produced a toxic cloud and sent 15,000 people to the hospital could have been prevented, but the system was reactive and not designed to foresee and forestall problems, said the U.S. […]

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

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7. August 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

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3. August 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

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25. July 2012

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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Senator, Energy Investigators Slam Refinery Price Manipulation

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7. June 2012

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

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15. May 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

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29. March 2012

“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

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3. January 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

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3. January 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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