Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Big Oil Gives CA Energy Commission Finger, Refuses To Testify Tomorrow On $6 Billion Consumer Gas Gouge

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Big Oil Gives CA Energy Commission Finger, Refuses To Testify Tomorrow On $6 Billion Consumer Gas Gouge

Santa Monica, CA — The oil industry is refusing to produce a single representative to answer questions tomorrow on gasoline supplies and possible manipulation of gasoline prices before advisors to the California Energy Commission, Consumer Watchdog said today. It’s the second rebuff to government. Last March, no oil industry representative was produced to testify before the California Senate on the same issue.

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Wed, Sep 30, 2015

Consumer Watchdog Warns Exxon Cannot Avoid Accountability for February Explosion Through Offloading Torrance Refinery

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Consumer Watchdog Warns Exxon Cannot Avoid Accountability for February Explosion Through Offloading Torrance Refinery

Santa Monica, CA – ExxonMobil’s sale today of its Torrance Refinery may allow it to escape the state, but not culpability for the February 18 explosion or its subsequent coverups over its causes. That explosion injured four workers and endangered the community, and touched off a price spike that cost Californians $6 billion more for their gasoline than they would have paid otherwise.

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Thu, Sep 3, 2015

Labor Day CA Gouging Gap At Pump Rises To $5.3 Billion Since February: Oil Refiners Exporting Amid Gasoline Supply Shortage

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Labor Day CA Gouging Gap At Pump Rises To $5.3 Billion Since February: Oil Refiners Exporting Amid Gasoline Supply Shortage

Santa Monica, CA – A new analysis by Consumer Watchdog shows Californians have paid $5.3 billion extra for their gasoline due to the higher amount Californians are charged than the rest of the nation since February. As Labor Day weekend approaches, Californians are paying 88 cents more than the national average.

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Wed, Aug 5, 2015

Tesoro Reports Record California Profits After California Price Spike

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Tesoro Reports Record California Profits After California Price Spike

Santa Monica, CA — Analysis of Tesoro’s earnings released today showed that the company made more California refining profit in the second quarter than ever in the company’s history. Based on the number of barrels the company refined in California, and the profits they made from each barrel, Consumer Watchdog calculates that the company’s second quarter California refiner profits were a record high of $668 million, crushing their prior record of $415 million in the second quarter of 2007. This number is four times higher than their average California profit since 2005 of $138 million.

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Wed, Aug 5, 2015

Consumer Watchdog Reports Gas Price Spike Costs Californians Record $1.2 Billion More In July; Oil Refiners Take Home $1.61 Per Gallon

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Consumer Watchdog Reports Gas Price Spike Costs Californians Record $1.2 Billion More In July; Oil Refiners Take Home $1.61 Per Gallon

Santa Monica, CA — California has broken all records for the biggest gap between what consumers here have paid so far versus the rest of the nation for gas at the pump, Consumer Watchdog said today. Californians paid $1.2 billion more, after tax differentials, than the rest of the nation in the month of July, a record, and $4.8 billion more for their gasoline over the last six months ending July 31st, since gas price spikes started. That amounts to $201 extra dollars paid by each California driver.

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Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Refiner Valero’s Second Quarter California Profits 10X Higher Than Same Quarter Last Year Due to Market Manipulation and Gasoline Price Spike

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Refiner Valero’s Second Quarter California Profits 10X Higher Than Same Quarter Last Year Due to Market Manipulation and Gasoline Price Spike

Santa Monica, CA – Valero reported $294 million in second quarter California profits, more than ten times higher than the same quarter last year when the Texas refiner made $24 million. The most staggering increase came in per barrel profits. Last year the company made just 99 cents per barrel in California. This year that number reached $11.23 per barrel.

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Wed, Jul 22, 2015

CA Data Shows Record Gas Price Spikes = Record Return For California Refiners; Oil Refiners Double Their Margins From Recent Pain at The Pump For Consumers

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CA Data Shows Record Gas Price Spikes = Record Return For California Refiners; Oil Refiners Double Their Margins From Recent Pain at The Pump For Consumers

Santa Monica, CA — Newly posted data from California oil refiners shows that record price spikes at the pump have translated to a record high return to the oil companies of $1.17 per gallon in May of 2015. The average amount that a refiner receives for a gallon of gasoline has been just 46 cents since 1999, according to the California Energy Commission (CEC), but recently updated data on the CEC website shows that in May refiners took home more per gallon than ever before. Consumer Watchdog had urged the CEC to update the data, which had not been posted since August.

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Thu, Jul 9, 2015

Californians Overcharged $4.5 Billion For Gasoline “Gouging Gap” Since Price Spike Began; Gas Prices Set To Climb Even More

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Californians Overcharged $4.5 Billion For Gasoline “Gouging Gap” Since Price Spike Began; Gas Prices Set To Climb Even More

Californian drivers, who have paid an average of 74 cents more per gallon at the pump than drivers nationwide, have shelled out $4.5 billion more for their gasoline than US drivers from February to June, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Consumer Watchdog Presents Evidence To Attorney General & State Of Oil Refiners’ Unprecedented Market Manipulation To Artificially Raise Gas Prices; Companies May Have Violated Previous Agreements & Anti-trust Law

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At a meeting of the state commission charged with investigating gas price manipulation, Consumer Watchdog delivered an analysis showing that since the end of May California’s largest oil refiners have engaged in unprecedented price manipulation to keep California gasoline prices artificially high using their leverage of over prices at their branded stations.

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Thu, Jun 11, 2015

West Coast Oil Companies Exported Record Amount of Gasoline to Foreign Nations A Month Before “Supply Shortage” Price Spike That Cost Californians $3.6 Billion

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Santa Monica, CA – Oil companies exported more gasoline from the West Coast to foreign nations in the month of December 2014 than ever in the nation’s history, according to Energy Information Administration data analyzed by Consumer Watchdog.

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Fri, May 8, 2015

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

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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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Tue, May 5, 2015

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

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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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Thu, Apr 30, 2015

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

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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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