Western senators ask Justice Department to probe soaring gas prices this year | Synopsis

Western senators ask Justice Department to probe soaring gas prices this year

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Six Pacific state senators are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether oil refineries manipulated the price of gasoline when it hit near-record prices in the region from May through October. The price was more than $4 a gallon during that period and broke the $5 mark last month in California, even though the price of crude oil has been declining. Analysts have said the near-record prices were the result of refinery problems. But the senators point to a review of California refinery emissions data showing inconsistencies between the time refineries were producing petroleum products and when maintenance shutdowns were publicly reported. They said misleading reports of shutdowns could have created a perceived shortage of gasoline. The letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calls for a probe by his department’s Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group and was signed by Democratic Sens.

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Western senators ask Justice Department to probe soaring gas prices this year

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Six Pacific Coast senators are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether oil refineries manipulate the price of gasoline when it hit near-record prices from May through October in their region.

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  • Attorney General
  • barbara boxer
  • California
  • Dianne Feinstein
  • eric holder
  • gas price
  • jeff merkley
  • Justice Department
  • maria cantwell
  • Oregon
  • ron wyden
  • the time
  • washington

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