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Governor Brown Orders Air Board to Allow Winter Blend Gasoline

The move is intended to increase gas supplies across the state.

Sunday, Oct. 7, Governor Jerry Brown sent a letter to Mary Nichols, Chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, directing  the board “to immediately take whatever steps are necessary to allow for an early transition to winter-blend gasoline to be manufactured, imported, distributed, and sold in California.”

Normally, winter blend gasoline isn’t made until after Oct. 31. In the letter released at noon on Sunday the governor says, “Due to the composition of the gasoline, refiners can produce more of the winter-blend than the summer blend.”

According to MercuryNews.com gas is in short supply because a number of disruptions came about in a short time. A refinery in Torrance, CA lost power, two refineries in the state have partially shut down for planned maintenance, and a pipeline that brings Central Valley crude to Bay Area refineries is shut down right now.

Further complicating the issue is the Chevron Richmond Refinery that still isn’t back to full production after an explosion and fire in August. A release that accompanied Governor Brown’s letter estimated the move to winter-blend gasoline will result in an 8-10 percent increase in the gasoline supply.

The price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Benicia ranged from $4.49 at Ultra Oil to $4.79 at the 76 station at 601 1st St., as of Monday afternoon.

The governor’s letter cites “unacceptable price impacts for consumers and small businesses, significant economic disruption, and serious harm to public safety and welfare,” as reasons to allow an early start date for production of the winter-blend gasoline and goes on to say the move will have “negligible air quality impacts.”

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Tom Foolery October 11, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Does anyone consider that the most liberal states have the highest gas prices? Why is that? Could it be bad energy policy?
Tom Foolery October 11, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Oh I almost forgot...All Hail our leader Jerry brown out.

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