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California Gas Prices

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)
Crude oil storage tanks at the Big West of California Bakersfield Refinery. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
The Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield at night. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
An employee walks by coke piles inside the Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
Heat exchangers at the Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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)
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)
Coke drums in the coker area of the The Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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)
Oil from ships docking in Long Beach is pumped out with special heavy-duty hoses before being shipped to refineries. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
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)
A customer leaves the Chevron gas station near Beach Boulevard in Anaheim in May. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / LAT)
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)
California Energy Commissioner James Boyd poses in a hallway of the California Energy Commission building in Sacramento. (Max Whittaker / For The Times)
A water supply tank at the Big West of California refinery in Bakersfield. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
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