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Old 10-08-2012, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Andrew*Debbie View Post
Probably a local refining or distribution problem. At the same time CA prices went up 20 cents, UK prices went down a few pence.

Isn't this about when some smog districts change their fuel requirements? I haven't lived in CA in years, but around now refineries used to shut down for a few days to change the formulation. Couple that with a pipeline break, a refinery fire, and a little market speculation . . .
California has a winter blend and summer blend of gas due to its emissions laws. The winter blend cannot be sold before Halloween.

A chevron refinery went down in August. It is back up now but they saw its a gas shortage.

A shell refinery lost power last Monday. It was restored to full operations on Friday.

Governor Brown declared a state of emergency or something and told refineries to immediately start using the winter blend.

Now I'm not that trusting of what Big Oil tells us. I wouldn't put it past them to be doing this due to the upcoming election.
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