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Mysterious ship helped keep California gas prices high, consumer advocate says

Mysterious ship helped keep California gas prices high, consumer advocate says

There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship.

The explosion at Exxon Mobil's huge Torrance refinery a year ago undoubtedly was a major factor contributing to high gasoline prices in California, especially in the Los Angeles area, fuel experts have said.

Consumer advocates contend that the oil company could have done more to bolster gasoline inventories and help lower prices, and on Monday they backed up the argument with the help of a wandering oil tanker.

SR American Progress, an Exxon Mobil ship, sailed for 70 days off the coast of Singapore...

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