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

Tuesday, August 7, 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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Oil Drops 14%, Gas Only 3.4% – Fuel Prices Vary Significantly

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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"There's an old saying in [the] gasoline [industry]," Judy Dugan, research director for Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, Calif., said Monday. "Prices go up like a rocket and down like a feather. There is a higher disconnect between the actual price of oil and the price of gasoline." Gasoline prices have been viewed as the "last bastion of competition," Dugan said, "but in this case that appears to have failed." Still, gasoline prices in the state vary significantly.

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Gas Prices Keep Soaring As U.S. Fuels Other Countries’ Growth

Monday, April 11, 2011

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Gas Prices Keep Soaring As U.S. Fuels Other Countries’ Growth

California-based nonprofit, Consumer Watchdog, recently provided a clue to where the "missing" gasoline may have gone. Recently, Judy Dugan, a petroleum market commentator for Consumer Watchdog, noted that the shares of oil refiners jumped in price last month "on bets that Japan would soon have to import a lot more heating oil and gasoline because of refinery fires and quake/ tsunami damage."

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Facts of Life On High Gas Prices: It’s the Speculators & Oil Companies To Blame Not Middle East

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Facts of Life On High Gas Prices: It’s the Speculators & Oil Companies To Blame Not Middle East

While skirmishes in Libya and uncertainty in the Middlie East are nice cover for outrageous gasoline prices, the fact is the same old suspects are making a killing from sky-high gas prices approaching $4 dollars per gallon in California: big oil companies and greedy speculators.

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Nigeria=Mexico?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Nigeria=Mexico?

Mexico’s huge national oil company, Pemex, has shut down a large chunk of its natural gas fields because of the apparent kidnapping of dozens of employees and contract workers by drug gangs that are also stealing and selling oil and gas. It’s a situation increasingly similar to oilfield battles  in Nigeria, where a corrupt government […]

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Beware BP spin on size record

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Beware BP spin on size record

7-01-2010 by dugan   BP’s devastating oil spill may now be the largest accidental spill in modern history, bigger than the estimated 140 million gallons spewed by the 1979-80 Ixtoc spill off the coast of Mexico, which eventually slimed 170 miles of Texas beaches. It’s smaller only than the deliberate spillage by Iraq into the […]

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Burgess: ‘Scaring me now’

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Burgess: ‘Scaring me now’

Hayward’s ‘scary’ testimony Liveblog by Khan In response to Rep. Burgess’ questions concerning the specific nature of the Macondo well, Hayward continues to assert that he does not have specific information, demonstrating an embarassing [or legally clever] lack of technical knowledge. Burgess then asks about the mechanics of BP’s other wells in the Gulf of […]

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Hapless state gets it on climate

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Hapless state gets it on climate

11-24-09 by dugan   California doesn’t have many bright spots lately, what with a new $21 billion hole in its budget, more than 12% unemployment and a hapless state Legislature. But its prospects looked up today with a climate regulation proposal. It’s just a draft regulation, but because the underlying legislation (small PDF) is already […]

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Did Chevron run a sting?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Did Chevron run a sting?

09-03-09 by dugan   Maybe it’s just my cynical nature, but Chevron’s "smoking gun" video alleging corruption in Ecuador has its fishy points. Chevron has gotten some media on a charge that a video it obtained implicates the judge in a big civil case against Chevron in a bribery scandal, but even the Wall Street […]

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Who’s killing the U.S. dollar?

Friday, August 28, 2009

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Who’s killing the U.S. dollar?

08-28-09 by dugan   Did you hear the one about how the Bush administration used the wrong calculations last year when it declared that it wasn’t financial speculation causing the huge oil spike price?  It’s one of many newsworthy punchlines of a strong new study that describes how government handed our energy markets over to […]

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Truth in greenwashing

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Truth in greenwashing

   What If Chevron Ran An Honest Ad Campaign?   Instead of just making fun of Chevron’s fake environmentalism, what if someone made them tell the truth? Jeff Grubler of InsaneReagan actually did it, producing the biting "Honest Chevron" series above. OilWatchdog’s Chicago friend Mark Dascoli turned them into this dandy Youtube slideshow. Jeff’s truthy […]

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A tar sands mole gets whacked

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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A tar sands mole gets whacked

05-26-09 by dugan 05-27 update: The NRDC has agreed to remove itself from the "advisory committee" for the pro-oil sands study described below and and denounce or at least dispute the study’s findings. An e-mail sent this morning by an NRDC attorney said: "Just to let you know that NRDC is off the Advisory Committee […]

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Can Chevron take a joke?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Can Chevron take a joke?

05-24-09 by dugan Organized protest has come a long way from crude cartoons and thrown-together "white papers." For tomorrow’s annual meeting at Chevron’s San Ramon, CA, headquarters, a loose environmental and activist coalition has produced an alt-version of the annual report and (even more fun) its own take (pdf) on Chevron’s greenwashed "Will You Join […]

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