West Coast Senators Urge Investigation into Gas Price Spikes

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Gas Prices

Six West Coast Senators, including Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), are demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate what caused gas prices to rise more than $4 a gallon during May and October.

In a letter sent today to Attorney General Eric Holder, the Senators want the DOJ to investigate whether market manipulation or false reporting by oil refineries contributed to near-record gas prices across the West Coast earlier this year.

The letter comes following a report from McCullough Research indicating that some West Coast oil refineries may have been producing oil in May despite public reports that they were shut down for maintenance.