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In Thursday's blog we made passing reference to the 2010 oil pipeline rupture which affected the Kalamazoo River, the largest and costliest onshore leak in US history. By coincidence, the US federal government released later that same day proposed rules which, had they been enacted five years earlier, could have prevented more than 200 such accidents.
This week GasBuddy identifies the most economical retailers in: Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

We have reviewed gas prices at nearly every state and there are several consistencies:

A new system has been developed that helps advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) operate more conveniently and efficiently, and with improved predictive capabilities, which is seen as being another important step toward fully automated driving.

Continental’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) division has presented Road Database, an innovative system that can supply highly accurate route information to ADAS software. The basic idea behind Road Database is for information to be taken from vehicle hardware sensors, and used to generate a machine-readable representation of the road. Depending on the purpose for which it is required, the system is designed either to complement conventional digital street maps or to offer an alternative.

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Ten major vehicle manufacturers have committed to making automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles,according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "But if technologies such as automatic emergency braking are only available as options or on the most expensive models, too few Americans will see the benefits of this new era. These 10 companies are committing to making AEB available to all new-car buyers.”

The 10 companies – Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo – will work with IIHS and NHTSA in the coming months on the details of implementing their historic commitment, including the timeline for making AEB a standard feature.

After more than four months and 1,200 man-hours of painstaking craftsmanship, restoration of the milestone 1 millionth Corvette – a white 1992 convertible – is complete.

It was unveiled a few weeks ago at the National Corvette Museum, where it returns as part of the permanent exhibit. The car was damaged on Feb. 12, 2014, when it and seven other rare Corvettes tumbled into a sinkhole that opened beneath the museum’s Skydome area.

Chevrolet pledged to restore it.

“We felt it was important to restore this extremely significant car in Corvette's long, storied history,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. "When we disassembled it, we found that each employee involved in building it had signed a part of the car, which was fantastic and moving to see. It brought the history to life, and reinforced the importance of the project."

A week and a half ago in this space, we wrote about how the 7 year delay of Keystone XL is refocusing some of North America's biggest pipeline companies as they strive to seek and succeed in finding alternatives in getting Canadian oil to market and waiting refineries, by hook or by crook.
Champagne bottles could be heard popping last evening from Alberta to Montreal as news broke that the country's energy regulator had given approval to Enbridge's No 9 Line reversal, which would transfer Canadian heavy oil and Bakken Light oil through existing pipeline networks to a waiting conduit in Sarnia, Ontario.
The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report today on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States.

Here are some highlights:

Crude oil inventories increased by 4.0 million barrels (mb) to a total of 458 million barrels. At 458 million barrels, inventories are 105.4 million barrels above last year (10.1%) and are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.
Gasoline inventories increased by 3.3 million barrels to 222 million barrels. At 222  million barrels, inventories are up 13.5 million barrels, 6.5% higher than one year ago. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (+1.3mb); Midwest (-0.1mb); Gulf Coast (+0.7mb); Rockies (even0.1mb); and West Coast (-0.3mb). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).
DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:
Distillate inventories decreased by 0.3. million barrels to a total of 151.9 million barrels. At 151.9 million barrels, inventories are up 23.3 million barrels, or 18.1% vs. a year ago.

We took over! From Sept 16-18 GasBuddy surprised drivers at mystery gas stations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County with some seriously cheap gas.

GasBuddy’s mission has always been to help people find cheap gas and save money at the pumps. This month we decided to take it a step further and literally provide the cheapest gas possible to a city that could use the relief.

Los Angeles is constantly ranked #1 in the country as having the most expensive fuel. Especially this year, the city has been plagued with sudden and huge price spikes:
· L.A. Refinery Explosion
· Los Angeles Area Gasoline Prices To Hit $4/gal Average
· Anger Sets In As Southern California Sets Gas Price Records, Spikes to Taper Off

Let the public shaming of VW diesel car owners begin. In Portland, Oregon, a surprised motorist found a note on the windshield of their VW car admonishing the driver for owning a car that caused so much pollution. A photo of the note was published to popular social media site Instagram. Sadly, consumers with good intentions buying supposed ‘clean diesel’ vehicles have now become targets because of shady corporate dealings. It remains to be seen if diesel car owners will continue to face public harassment as more brands will be under intense emissions testing scrutiny. 

Over the years, I have often been asked why gas prices have the .009, unlike most commodities.  I decided it was about time to find out.
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According to, it began when the government implemented a $0.01 gas tax that at the time was only intended to be temporary.  As we know when it comes to taxes, the word temporary is soon gone.   The intent of the tax was to reduce deficits acquired during the Great Depression.  It was supposed to expire 2 years later in 1934, but as often happens with Congress, not only did they keep the tax, BUT they increased it be half a cent, making the gas tax $0.015.

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the non-profit Car Care Council put together a list to remember in caring for your car, something many motorists don't take seriously, but should remember ahead of the upcoming winter months. Here's their list:

1. Preventative – Reduce the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble by following a vehicle service schedule and performing routine maintenance. The Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle.

2. Proactive: If you find your vehicle needs repairs, be sure to address them in a timely manner to avoid more extensive work down the road. Before traveling longer distances, perform a pre-trip inspection before your journey begins so you have an opportunity to have any repairs made by a trusted technician before hitting the road.

3Prepared: Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle in case an unexpected situation arises. The kit should include jumper cables, a road atlas, first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, water, non-perishable food and blankets. Be sure your cell phone is fully charged- or consider putting a small portable battery charger in your glove box in case you find yourself stranded with a dead car and dead cell phone battery.

“Emergencies and natural disasters come in a variety of forms. Being car care aware and taking proactive steps in advance will help ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order so you will be better prepared if you encounter a problem while on the road,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

Being prepared for a disaster also means getting your car ready to go at a moment’s notice and restocking an emergency kit for the unexpected.  The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more tips on everything about cars, visit

It may be easy to forget, but it wasn't all that long ago that we were told to expect $200 a barrel oil. This seemed quite probable given crude dramatic rise from $52 WTI in January 2007 to $102 by February 2008. Turmoil in the Middle East, rapid consumption by emerging nations and the increasing popularity and influence of financial positions on the energy markets and in particular, crude, created a sense of inevitability. Such breathtaking predictions by large investment banks, however inaccurate, were second only to the financial might they wielded, to make these prophesies self fulfilling. Little wonder they were taken in many circles as a given.

AIn this week’s Pelty at the Pumps, we are going to open up the search and take a look out at the most economical retailers in: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan.

After looking at the gas prices for over half the United States some generalities have come to light.  Big box retailers such as, Costco, Sam's Club, and BJs consistently appear in the top 3 most economical brands.  Were you to drive by any one of these this weekend, you will be sure to see a long line of cars fueling up at a very low cost. 
With the end of summer nearing, we're thinking about some great fall road trip ideas to destinations across the country. Odds are there's a beautiful destination just a state or two away from you! Here are some of our picks for the best trips out there- and if you're on a budget, we'll even tell you what gas prices are like nearby!

Catskills (c) Alida Thorpe
If you live in the Northeastern U.S., check out the Catskills in southeastern New York. There's plenty of rivers, plenty of mountains that peak over 3,500 feet, and not to forget about the famous Woodstock festival. In fall, you can see bright yellows, oranges, and electrifying reds in the dense hillsides. There are many festivals and craft fairs along with orchards where you can pick-you-own apples and pumpkins. Gas prices in this area are currently in the $2.30s, but you're likely to save by mapping your trip using GasBuddy's Trip Cost Calculator.
Next up, Aspen, Colorado, for all those Buddies living in or near the Rockies. While you may think Aspen is only for skiing, those that do are missing out. The peak in color here is in late-September, but by early October, don't expect much to be left. There's plenty to do and see around here, including mountain biking and golfing. Gas prices in Aspen tend to be expensive, but filling up nearby can yield prices in the $2.80s.
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By now the severity of Volkswagen's systemic fraud has already had profound financial consequences on the automaker and alienated tens of thousands of loyal VW enthusiasts. Are you one of them?

As The Economist reported, the German carmaker has admitted that it installed software on 11million of its diesel cars worldwide, which misrepresented actual emissions and allowed them to pass America’s stringent emissions tests. But once the cars were out of the laboratory the software deactivated their emission controls, and they began to spew out fumes at up to 40 times the permitted level. The damage to VW itself is immense. But the recent events will affect other carmakers, other countries and possibly even the future of diesel itself. 
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