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California Gas Prices

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Coke piles inside the coke barns at the Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield, seen at night. Originally slated for closure, the plant was purchased by Big West/Flying J Corp., which will expand it. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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Crude oil storage tanks at the Big West of California Bakersfield Refinery. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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The Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield at night. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
Coke piles
An employee walks by coke piles inside the Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
Heat exchangers
Heat exchangers at the Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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Chief Oil Analyst Tom Kloza checks the opening of the fuel and oil markets for OPIS (Oil Price Information Services), in which he then generates a report for clients. (Tim Larsen / AP)
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A man pushes his car up to the pumps at a Shell station on Pacific Coast Highay and Cherry Avenue in Long Beach. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
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Coke drums in the coker area of the The Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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British Petroleum moves crude oil from its refinery in Carson to this Vinvale Terminal in Southgate, where a worker disconnects fueling hose for gas hauling truck before it is sent to BP’s Arco gas stations around the Southland. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
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Oil from ships docking in Long Beach is pumped out with special heavy-duty hoses before being shipped to refineries. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
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California Attorney General Bill Lockyer stands next to his hybrid Toyota Prius in front of the Justice Department Building in San Francisco. (Jakub Mosur / For The Times)
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A customer leaves the Chevron gas station near Beach Boulevard in Anaheim in May. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / LAT)
Station owner
Mike Madani owns a Shell station at a corner in Redondo Beach. Once there were rival gas outlets at all four corners at Artesia and Aviation Boulevards. His survived by purchasing his land, adding a car wash and convenience store. Gasoline sales are often a break-even proposition. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Energy commissioner
California Energy Commissioner James Boyd poses in a hallway of the California Energy Commission building in Sacramento. (Max Whittaker / For The Times)
Water tank
A water supply tank at the Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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