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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.

Yesterday, Sunday, October 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 October 31.  In the letter released at noon on Sunday the governor says, “Due to the composition of the gasoline, refiners can produce more o f 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 Pleasanton ranged from $3.89 at Coast Gas to $4.75 at the Valero station on Santa Rita Road and West Las Positas Boulevard.

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.”

Where are you buying your gas in Pleasanton? Tell us in the comments section below.

Michael Austin October 08, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Govenor Jerry Brown can further reduce the cost of energy in the Bay Area by ordering the BAAQMD to waive the spare the air days for those wood burning stove inserts that exceed the EPA allowance of 7.0 grams an hour. Those inserts that emit less than the 7.0 grams an hour, some of which emit only 1.26 grams an hour or less.

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