Gov. Brown Calls for Winter-Blend Gas After Record High Prices: How Much Did You Pay This Weekend?

Gas prices hit a record high this weekend, spurring Gov. Jerry Brown to move to increase supply.

Even that "go-to" spot in town with cheap gas won't provide much relief from current prices, which hit record highs this weekend.

Did you fill up over the weekend? Tell us how much you paid in the comments below.

On Sunday, Gov. 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 October 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 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 cheapest gas in Davis comes from the 76 on Lyndel Terrace, according to Davis Patch's Traffic & Gas page. Their gas is $4.36. The next cheapest is $4.50 at Circle K. 

The cheapest gas in Dixon is $4.16 from Dixon Gas and Shop. 

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."

livin-n-workin-n-Davis October 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Betty Plowman October 09, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Gee Governor Brown, thanks for your help. All of a sudden you realize California's hardships. You sir, have seen to it that Mary Nichols and her unelected crew have been allowed to pass foolish regulations without any accountability. California has become an island unto itself, separated from the rest of the nation with our special blend of gasoline. All of a sudden you are concerned? Why don't you tell the folks about your next move, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard that is coming to us with Cap & Trade. This will require additional corn ethanol is added to our fuels, which experts estimate will drive up costs another $2.00 per gallon. All in the name of global warming, of course. Are you going to issue an Executive Order to stop this?


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