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Tesoro CEO Admits Refinery “Disruption” and Shutdowns = Big Profits, Echoing Chevron Statements About Pump Spike

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8. May 2015

Tesoro CEO Admits Refinery “Disruption” and Shutdowns = Big Profits, Echoing Chevron Statements About Pump Spike

Santa Monica, CA — On a call with investors today, Gregory Goff, the CEO of Tesoro admitted refinery shutdowns and “disruptions” led to big profits on the oil company’s bottom line in the first quarter. Tesoro’s profit per barrel in the first quarter jumped by 20 cents, amounting to California profits of $119 million in the first quarter for the company.

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New Report: Oil Refiners’ Profits Spike With Gasoline Price Spikes

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5. May 2015

New Report: Oil Refiners’ Profits Spike With Gasoline Price Spikes

San Francisco, CA — Consumer Watchdog published a new report today, “Refining Profits: How Californians Get Fleeced At The Pump,” showing that oil refiners have made large profits from gasoline price spikes recently and over the last decade. The report reviewed ten years of publicly available profit data.

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ALERT: California Gas Prices Up 37 Cents This Week; A Buck Over National Average, Driven By Refiner Shortages and Outages

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30. April 2015

ALERT: California Gas Prices Up 37 Cents This Week; A Buck Over National Average, Driven By Refiner Shortages and Outages

Refiners Remain Silent Because Law Does Not Require them to Disclose Information

Santa Monica, CA—The price of a gallon of regular gas in California spiked up another 40 cents this week and now stands at $3.59 a gallon at the pump due to fresh problems refineries have tried to conceal, Consumer Watchdog said today. Californians are now paying exactly a dollar more than the US average.

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California Gasoline Prices Spike 28 Cents In One Week, 89 Cents More Than USA; Consumer Watchdog Calls On CEOs For Answers

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28. April 2015

California Gasoline Prices Spike 28 Cents In One Week, 89 Cents More Than USA; Consumer Watchdog Calls On CEOs For Answers

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said that a price spike of 28 cents per gallon at the pump over the last week was likely caused by a refinery outage or other refinery problems that the public is not privy to, and called on the California Senate to act.

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Californians Paid $1 Billion Extra for Their Gasoline Over National Average in March

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9. April 2015

Californians Paid $1 Billion Extra for Their Gasoline Over National Average in March

Santa Monica, CA — California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer group said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery […]

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Consumer Watchdog Says California Petroleum Reduction Targets Needed To Stop Oil Company Price Gouging

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7. April 2015

Consumer Watchdog Says California Petroleum Reduction Targets Needed To Stop Oil Company Price Gouging

Santa Monica, CA — The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog said that California legislation being debated today to cut petroleum demand in half will radically reduce the price of fuel in California.

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Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog Call On Legislators To Make Oil Company Executives Answer For February’s $550 Million Gas Price Spike

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31. March 2015

Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog Call On Legislators To Make Oil Company Executives Answer For February’s $550 Million Gas Price Spike

Santa Monica, CA — Business leader, philanthropist and climate activist Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court asked California lawmakers to subpoena oil industry executives to explain why California’s gasoline market is structured for shortages and volatility. The executives declined to testify at a March 24 hearing before a joint Senate Committee hearing into February’s dollar-a-gallon price spike at the pump.

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Californians Paid $550 Million Extra During February’s Gasoline Price Spike; Watchdog Report Finds Low Inventories & Profiteering Drive Gasoline Price Spikes

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24. March 2015

Californians Paid $550 Million Extra During February’s Gasoline Price Spike; Watchdog Report Finds Low Inventories & Profiteering Drive Gasoline Price Spikes

Santa Monica, CA — At a California State Senate hearing on February gasoline price spikes, Consumer Watchdog issued a report finding that California oil refiners have about half as much gasoline on hand than the rest of America, creating a volatile market that leads to gasoline price spikes. The report, “Price Spiked: How Oil Refiners Gouge Californians On Their Gasoline and What It Costs,” showed that Californians paid $550 million extra for their gasoline in February compared to drivers nationwide by calculating the difference between US and state prices and allotting for consumption.

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Los Angeles Sees Highest Gas Price Spike in State – $1.03 In One Month

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3. March 2015

Los Angeles Sees Highest Gas Price Spike in State – $1.03 In One Month

Consumer Watchdog Calls For Increased Oil Reserves

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today reiterated calls for an increase in the state’s oil reserves as Los Angeles gas prices jumped $1.03 cents in the last month, the highest in the state, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report website. Los Angeles prices at the pump for regular gas have reached $3.53 per gallon, a dollar and nine cents, or 45% higher than the national average of $2.44 per gallon.

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Tough State Oversight of Gas Supply as California Drivers Face a One Buck a Month Price Spike

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2. March 2015

Consumer Watchdog Urges Tough State Oversight of Gas Supply as California Drivers Face a One Buck a Month Price Spike

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog said today that prices per regular gallon of gas in California were up an unprecedented 96 cents in the last month, nearly triple the 38-cent increase per gallon nationwide.

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Senate Lawmakers to Hold Hearings on Possible Refinery Manipulation of Gas Prices Via Shutdowns and Slowdowns, Answering Call from Consumer Watchdog

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27. February 2015

Senate Lawmakers to Hold Hearings on Possible Refinery Manipulation of Gas Prices Via Shutdowns and Slowdowns, Answering Call from Consumer Watchdog

California Gas Prices Up 70 Cents a Gallon at Pump Since February 1

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog said it looked forward to working with Senate lawmakers who today set hearings for March on possible refinery price manipulation, as the group had requested.

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Two Refineries Down, Gas Prices Up: Consumer Watchdog Calls For On-Site Inspections To Investigate Price Manipulation

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18. February 2015

Two Refineries Down, Gas Prices Up: Consumer Watchdog Calls For On-Site Inspections To Investigate Price Manipulation

Santa Monica, CA—Responding to a shutdown of two refineries that produce 16 percent of the state’s gasoline, Consumer Watchdog called on state officials to send independent inspectors to verify refinery claims that the shutdowns were really necessary.

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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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