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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 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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