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  • The Texas Observer and Grist with The Investigative Fund: Too Big to Fine, Too Small to Fight Back

    Citgo refineries spew thousands of tons of chemicals into the air, degrading air quality and putting human health at risk. Despite Citgo's revenues hitting north of $40 billion, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lets the company off easy. For her investigation in The Texas Observer, in partnership with Grist and The Investigative Fund, Naveena Sadasivam dug into how the TCEQ has fined corporate polluters $30 million for air violations, not much more than the $24 million imposed on gas stations, a significant percentage of which are owned by immigrants, just for record-keeping errors. The disparity between TCEQ's treatment of mom-and-pop operations versus large corporations favors those with money and power. The agency rarely punishes big polluters, often because of a legal loophole, and when it does levy a fine, lawyers negotiate big reductions in penalties. As a result, environmental advocates and small business owners say there's a fundamental unfairness at work with the way TCEQ treats the businesses it regulates.
  • A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans

    Voice of San Diego senior reporter and assistant editor Liam Dillon spent eight months investigating one of the largest political corruption scandals in San Diego history. Dillon, assisted by Mexican journalist Vicente Calderón, produced stories that took readers to corporate boardrooms in the United States and Mexico, gas stations and warehouses in suburban San Diego and surveillance deals in Israel. The resulting series, A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans, answered many questions about the wealthy Mexican businessman at the center of the scandal and his feud with one of San Diego’s largest corporations.
  • Pump Problems

    WAFF 48 investigated the process of inspecting gas pumps in North Alabama and discovered the state employed just six inspectors to check 90,000 pumps. Uninspected pumps can cost drivers money by overcharging them or by dispensing bad gas. During the most recent series of inspections in North Alabama 143 out of 844 pumps failed inspection. The state would not supply us with a list of pumps that failed. Instead, we had to submit a list of gas stations and inspectors would then supply the results. Out of the twenty stations submitted to the state, nine pumps were condemned. During the investigation it was learned that state budget cuts lead to the lack of inspectors. We also learned inspectors rely on public complaints to determine where to inspect.
  • Bad Oil

    News 12 New Jersey became the first television station in the country to expose a serious problem: contaminated, potentially harmful motor oil for sale at gas stations and convenience stores. Testing by an independent laboratory with expertise in the petrochemical field found sound brands of oil for sale can seriously damage your engine. Some is not suitable for any car made in the last 83 years. Some do not come close to the specifications listed on the label. And in at least one case, the manufacturer is simply re-packaging and re-selling used oil. Following News 12 New Jersey's investigation, New Jersey's Attorney General has launched an investigation into the issue and has announced a commitment to get these dangerous motor oils off the market.
  • Blue Bin Kids

    KOB looked at children "working alone and late at night on Albuquerque streets and at gas stations." The children said they were part of a group called "'South West Pride,' a so-called after school program that allows kids to make money." However, New Mexico Labor Department had never licensed the group, and the group broke laws by having children work so late and alone.
  • Paying the Price, Pumped Dry

    "The neighborhood service station is a dying institution. Once as ubiquitous as the neighborhood grocery and mom-and-pop diner, service stations have been closing in dramatic numbers for two decades. Though the oil industry says the stations are merely casualties of a changing marketplace, the dealers who lease and run them say there's a more insidious reason. They're being forced out of business by their own parent companies."
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    The Courier Times investigates how easy it is for underaged teenagers to buy cigarettes from convenience stores, diners and gas stations. Sixty percent of the businesses visited by two teens working with the Courier Times sold them cigarettes. (May 20, Sept. 3, Nov. 29, Dec. 14, 22, 1995)
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    The Russian mafia bilked the U.S. Government out of millions of dollars in whlesale fuel tax revenues each year. The UCG discovered that Hovsep "Michael" Mikaelian, the self-claimed Armenian godfather of the Russinan mafia, used valid registration froms of legitimate gasoline wholesale companies to purchase taxed and untaxed fuel and blend them together to sell at 24 gas stations. (Sept. 18 & Oct. 16, 1995)
  • Poisoned Atmosphere

    Dateline NBC reveals that at gas pumps across the nation there is a kind of highway robbery occurring; evidence includes adulterating gasoline with cheap waste products, substituting lower octane gas for higher and rigging pumps in order to shortchange customers; the cheating goes on at large chain gas stations as well as small independent ones, June - July 1993.