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West Virginia senators want AG to investigate gasoline price gouging

By Eric Cravey, Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The cost of a gallon of gasoline and who controls that pricing is the kind of stuff that makes for great debates among family and friends.

Politicians of one stripe seem to always blame the opposing political party’s president at the time, when, in reality, gas prices — and how they are determined — are complex.

According to the Boston-based discount gas platform GasBuddy.com, in the past year, gas prices have risen 45% from an average price per gallon of $2.25.

And while the experts at GasBuddy report that gas prices have dropped 10 cents a gallon since Thanksgiving, consumers still deserve answers about why prices keep increasing.

On Wednesday, a group of 10 West Virginia state senators wrote Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to ask his Consumer Protection Division to launch an investigation into gasoline price gouging in the Mountain State…

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