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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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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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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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Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

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Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

The wee island nation of Fiji managed Wednesday to back down a California-owned company and extract a fee of 8 US cents per liter on Fiji Water. The state of California can’t even manage to back down Big Oil and charge a few cents a gallon on oil pumped out of its public lands. Jerry Brown, are you listening?

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Fossil Fuel Fiascos-in-Waiting

6-24-10 by dugan   BP is touting restoral of its robot-damaged "cap" (which looks like a giant hat for the Tin Man) to corral a large fraction of the company’s Gulf oil spill, but is staying as silent as possible about its other big engineering feat–a gravel island it built off the Alaskan coast for […]

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Congress Gets It Backward

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17. June 2010

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Congress Gets It Backward

  How is it that renewable energy producers struggle to renew expiring, and already expired, tax breaks and other funding credits in Congress, while the Senate overwhelmingly refuses to cut Big Oil’s $35 billion in taxpayer subsidies? Something to ponder as BP’s CEO faces withering fire for BP’s catastrophic spill in a House Committee hearing […]

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LiveBlog: Big Oil = Big Tobacco?

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15. June 2010

LiveBlog: Big Oil = Big Tobacco?

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Liveblog: BP’s ‘Dead’ Phone Numbers

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15. June 2010

Liveblog: BP’s ‘Dead’ Phone Numbers

Why do you have phone numbers for dead people in your contingency plan? …asks Chairman Markey. Markey questions each of the five executives whether it is appropriate to have phone numbers listed for "long-dead" experts and references to "walruses" that have been extinct in the Gulf for quite a while in their oil spill contingency […]

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LiveBlog: Big Oil Hearing

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15. June 2010

LiveBlog: Big Oil Hearing

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Culture of Safety-Be-Damned

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Culture of Safety-Be-Damned

5-18-10 by dugan   We know that federal regulators excused BP from filing a legally required detailed disaster plan on its ill-fated Gulf of Mexico oil rig. We know that BP’s assertions that it had such a plan were false–even though its own engineers warned three years ago about deficiencies in its blowout preventers. We […]

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Oil profits shouldn’t ‘recover’

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Good-news rumor on CA refinery

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Good-news rumor on CA refinery

10-21-08 by dugan   With oil prices going through the roof again (near $82 a barrel today), the economy is deeply at risk. But oil refineries are looking like better investments, because gasoline prices will follow. A business publication in India is reporting that the largest Indian oil refiner is thinking of buying several refineries, […]

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One less den of sex ‘n drugs

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One less den of sex ‘n drugs

09-16-09 by dugan   It’s hard to even keep track of the sex scandals–was that a governor or a senator? Which state? But one of the best of last year was in the even more boring Interior Department–the sex, cocaine and corruption-fest at the federal oil Royalty-In-Kind program. An investigation found that employees ran wild […]

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