Governor Orders Early Transition To Winter Blend Gas

The governor's office has issued a press release regarding his steps to ease gas prices and increase production by an early transition to winter-blend gasoline, according to reports.

This article was edited at 2:51 p.m. Oct. 7, 2012, to include the average gas price for Sunday in the Inland Empire.

In the face of alarmingly rising gas prices, Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday took steps to ease the crunch by ordering an early transition to winter-blend gasoline, it was reported.

The governor ordered the California Air Resources Board to allow refiners and gas stations to roll out the winter blend before its previously-scheduled Oct. 31 sales date, an action the governor said will increase gas supplies up to 8-10 percent, "with only negligible air quality impacts," according to City News Service.

The move was intended to reverse a sudden scare in the wholesale gasoline market that saw prices shoot up nearly 50 cents a gallon in six days.

In a letter released at noon, as California gas prices fluctuated widely
for the seventh straight day, the governor said the market variations were
imposing "unacceptable cost impacts on consumers and small businesses."

This, he said, was threatening "significant economic disruption, and serious harm to public safety and welfare."

An analyst said California's wholesale gasoline market has gone "into a
panic about the adequacy of California fuel supplies."

Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California said the market disruption followed a power failure at the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery and closure of a Chevron pipeline that moves crude oil to Northern California last Monday.

Other pressure on the state's gas market includes local refineries
dropping production levels, energy companies exporting fuel to Mexico and other countries, and allowing inventory to dwindle in anticipation of switching over to production of winter blend gasoline, Spring said.

In the Inland Empire Sunday, the average price of one gallon of unleaded
gas was $4.67, up about a nickel from Saturday's previous record price.

"I am directing the Air Resources Board immediately to take whatever
steps are necessary to allow for an early  transition to winter-blend
gasoline'' to be sold in California, the governor said in a letter to Mary
Nichols, his appointed head of the CARB.

Some clean air advocates had worried that such a move would hurt air
quality in October, which is one of the hottest months in coastal California because of Santa Ana windstorms and other seasonal weather fluctuations.

The governor said that winter gas evaporates more quickly than summer blend, which takes longer to evaporate and is better during the smoggiest months of the year in the summer.

Brown said he expected gas prices to settle down, now that the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance has resumed operations following an electricity
outage last week.

A Tesoro refinery in the South Bay is expected to resume production next week, after its maintenance shutdown.

alexpinca October 08, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Really? Wow, you seem to have a complete mastery of the issue. No wonder nobody wants to discuss it with you.
alexpinca October 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Karla Payne 6:53 am on Monday, October 8, 2012 The reason is so the prices will drop precipitously just before the election. 88888888888888888888888888888 Ok, everyone together....can you spell....p-a-r-a-n-o-i-a. No wonder we're in so much trouble with voters like this.
Anon October 08, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I call it the liberal blend! This is all a crock!
Fred Kempf October 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This article, as most, turns into a political shooting gallery. I do blame Government in general, and the environmentalists. No new refineries, no new nuc. power plants, no new drilling of anykind, no pipelines, etc. Wake up America, and get real! California, also has the highest taxes on gasoline. If "Hippy" Brown can do anything, he can lower the taxes on gasoline. Otherwise, he can't do nuttin honey!! .
kristin c October 08, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I don't give a crap about air quality right now. I'm sick to death of pouring money down the drain so we can breathe easier. What's the point if our borders are wide open allowing millions of cars from Mexico who use unrefined, unregulated Mexican gas?! Then there are people who drive from all over the us into California who don't have catalytic converters or special gas in their cars. Its like trying to do surgery in patient in the middle of a swamp. Have you landed at lax lately? The air is no less brown than it was the last time I flew 12 years ago. I'm sick of the environmental brainwashing and the liberals thinking they can save the world by taking our hard earned money. Let's get drilling, let's get a pipeline and let's close our borders. I'll bet not allowing cars fueled Mexican gas into the country would clean up the air. And to the liberals... I'm not racist, just sick of being bent over for lost causes.
Anon October 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
kristin c October 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
My brother pays 3.30 in Arizona. And yes it is about supply and demand but our government refuses to increase supply. Also a way to decrease demand would be to send the millions in this country illegally back to their homeland. Just saying.
Darlana October 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Gas prices are just the beginning in California. In 6 weeks California begins to sell Carbon Credits under California Cap and Trade. Carbon credits are going to effect everything we do. No other state does this. Only California has super high gas prices and only California is going to be selling Carbon Credits to companies in order to reduce pollution to 1990 levels. This is going to get worse.
mike smith October 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
You go Kristin C .Tell it like it is.
Diana October 08, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Kristin, You go, the EPA in CA sucks, for all you tree huggers that think you need to save our a@@es, go hug a tree we will survive without your help.
Anon October 08, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I agree! Why are libs such cheaters?
The Republican October 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
How many gas blends do we have nationwide? 10 ...20....??? Why not just mandate the cleanest blend even if it is the most expensive so that all states can trade gas and we don't have to shut down refineries at all???...Oh no that would just be too easy and problem solving for the EPA ruled Libtards!
Dave Peters October 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Silly Republican!! That would require common sense. And sadly in this country, that is frowned upon.
Ken Mayes October 09, 2012 at 05:53 AM
This would require that there be a petroleum pipeline that feeds product into California, currently there are two pipelines one to Las Vegas and another to Yuma that are used to deliver product to these markets but there are no pipelines coming into California that can deliver product from other regions.
GSKK KSDD October 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
jill smith October 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
They don't give a shit about our environment , it's just another way to steal more money from hard working people.
Roberto October 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Try putting the blame where it lies after 35 investigations into price manipulation...the GIVERNMENT! California gasoline price sank more than 40cts/gal Monday, with spot market supply concerns easing as refiners get healthier and CARB issuing a summer gasoline RVP waiver. In the morning, October Los Angeles CARBOB spot market traded at 40cts/gal above the November RBOB contract down to plus 30cts/gal. However, the afternoon session saw the market trade at the Merc plus 60cts/gal after being aggressively bid by a couple refiners, sources said. Los Angeles CARBOB outright prices plunged to $3.1931-3.4931/gal -- a far cry from the $4/gal-plus, record-breaking bulk prices seen last week. San Francisco gasoline markets followed suit, and was tracking 8cts/gal below than the Los Angeles CARBOB market after trading at that level on a North/South deal.
desertpatriot October 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
i didn't know pomona had trees
alexpinca October 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Roberto, you're a capitalist lemmings...you know all the buz words "spot markets supply", "price manipulation, government is at fault for everything, markets supply...you're a good little capitalist. Congratulations.
alexpinca October 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM
"pouring money down the drain so we can breathe easier" is waste of money. REALLY.... YOU SAID THAT??? I'm sure glad you have your priorities straight.
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Wow, lots of negativity on here! Blame the oil companies people, its called GREED and they can basically do whatever they want, know why? Because they are NOT regulated, thats why!! And for those who think drilling for more oil in this country would make a difference WRONG! Would only make more money for the oil companies as OIL IS THIS COUNTRIES NUMBER ONE EXPORT!! Apparently the "winter blend" didnt make a difference, they just raise the price to whatever they want it to be at. I hear its cheaper in Texas!!
alexpinca October 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Our government....OUR GOVERNMENT.... How about the oil companies restraining supply to keep the price up...how about oil companies complaining about not having sufficient refining capacity yet they close existing refineries down, how about oil companies buying up independents to keep the price up AND YOU PEOPLE KEEP TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT. What is wrong with you people...what are you, a bunch of corporate lemmings...give you people enough time and we'll all be a bunch of milk cows that corporations can come around and milk. Yes government is part of the problem...like a puppet is part of the problem BUT THE REAL PROBLEM IS THE PUPPETEER ....OIL COMPANIES!!!
The Republican October 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
California cannot import gas because of EPA regulations. We have not built a new refinery in 35 years. So California gas is a limited supply to begin with. IF supply gets disrupted the ONLY choice is to lower demand by raising the price. Open up the California market. better yet instead of using 20 or more blends use one blend nation wide and trade it. Open markets do more to improve prices than any other method.
alexpinca October 16, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Do you ever feel like a Howdy Doody puppet with Corporate America pulling the strings...they're probably in their mahogany lined office suites laughing their guts out at you idiots.
alexpinca October 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Can we spell p-a-r-a-n-o-i-a?
alexpinca October 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Can you believe people are actually saying they would rather have lower gas prices than to able to breathe...not that is a true Republican...just be sure you keep that respirator handy.
The Republican October 16, 2012 at 08:02 PM
How stupid is the Alexpinca comment. Air pollution is down 95% and now you retards act like it's on the verge of a rebound . How stupid! Here are two simple ways to lower gas prices. One Drill here for oil and create oil jobs here and not send money to Middle East terror countries. Two mandate the cleanest even if its the most expensive blend for all 50, states so that the market can trade. it. Now put your mask away.
alexpinca October 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Well, Mr. Republican, it appears to me that this is nothing but projection...you project your short coming to others. LISTEN PAL, IT IS REASONABLE TO BELIEVE THAT THE POLLUTION WENT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE CHANGES IN THE BLEND...THAT IS COMMONLY ACCEPTED...SO WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN IF YOU CHANGE IT BACK EINSTEIN. Damn you wingnut neanderthals just spout off with little concern for reality.
Gandhi October 17, 2012 at 04:17 AM
OUR NUMBER ONE EXPORT IN THIS COUNTRY IS OIL!! What are you talking about "imports" for? We have an extremely healthy supply actually here in California, up in Bakersfield is one of the most succesful oil wells in the country! The demand has been steadily going down over the past ten years so....???
Gandhi October 17, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I'll state it again, just for YOU Republican! OIL IS THE NUMBER ONE EXPORT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!! Got it? So, if they, the oil companies are allowed to drill even more, what may I be so bold as to ask, do you think is going to make them sell it here?!!! They make more money on it overseas, thats why they sell it there, not here!!!


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