Was the latest gas-price hike an oil company scam?

When gasoline prices on the West Coast skyrocketed in May and October, we were told it was because of  refinery shutdowns that cut into the supply. But a new report suggests that the refineries continued to operate and the supplies were not interrupted.

McClatchy Newspapers’ Kevin G. Hall has the story, which you can read in full by clicking here. Here is some of what Hall has reported from information produced by Oregon-based McCullough Research:

“Specifically, the report alleges that in May, at a time when Royal Dutch Shell’s Martinez, Calif., plant was reported to be down for maintenance for two weeks, it appears to have been making gasoline for at least half that time. That conclusion is reached from state environmental documents showing nitrogen oxide emissions had returned to normal at the refinery a full week before it was reported to have come back on line.

“Similarly, Chevron’s Richmond, Calif., refinery was reported down for maintenance for two weeks in May, but emissions data suggests the refinery never ceased operation.

“The research also concludes that gasoline inventories actually were building in May during a time in which West Coast motorists paid at least 50 cents more per gallon than the national average. This inventory building, evident in data from the California Energy Commission, happened even as four refiners were supposedly down for some portion of May.”



Brian Murray says:

If there’s a rebate to consumers…will the state give back taxes collected on the increase?…and have these companies given monies to any Democrat?…why ask you say…because the three states affected are run by Democrats.

Kim Tanksley says:

I think the answer is yes.

Brian Murray says:

Let’s demonize the oil companies and refineries or whomever for whatever while giving the Obama administration and the libs in Sacramento a pass on everything…I don’t think one has to work that hard when all you do is fill in the template everyday…probably done in time for lunch and then a nap.

Rich says:

Welcome to corporate America where bottom line is all that matters especially at the expense of the people. Corporations lie to make a profits, who is supprised? Our Government is corrupted so the people are not protected.

Brian Murray says:

Hostess lied…Twinkies died!…right Rich?

Brian Murray says:

With all the demonizing…Maybe it’s time for corporate America to take their ball and go home leaving all the whiney, do nothing govt. fed babies to stand in a circle and play with themselves…maybe.

Brian Murray says:

If it was a scam…the dems must be OK with it(probably benefited from it), otherwise they would have tried to extort from these companies.

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