eport: Bay Area Refineries Faked Outages, SpikedGasoline Prices
Bay Area refinerieslied about being out of production in May and October, according to a report.
By Chris Roberts
| Thursday, Nov 15, 2012
Bay Area oilrefineries in Richmond and Martinez are to blame for the spike in gasolineprices in May and October, according to a report released in Washington onThursday.
Both Royal DutchShell in Martinez and Chevron in Richmond claimed to be out of service duringperiods in May and October. Gas prices spiked accordingly. But environmentalresearch reveals both refineries were producing gasoline at full capacity,contrary to what the public was told, according to McClatchy newspapers.
Environmentaldocuments reveal nitrogen oxide emissions -- evidence of gasoline production --were normal during both periods, the newspaper chain reported.
Gasoline inventorieswere building during "a time in which West Coast motorists" werepaying "at least 50 cents more per gallon than the national average,"the newspaper reported.
Report: Bay Area Refineries Faked Outages, Spiked Gasoline Prices | NBC Bay Area