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Baldwin, senators ask Morrisey’s office to investigate potential gasoline price gouging

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some Democratic leaders in the state Senate are asking West Virginia Attorney General to look into potential price gouging with gasoline.

State Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin, D – Greenbrier, 10, appeared on Friday’s MetroNews ‘Talkline’ and said he led a group to send a letter to Morrisey’s office because he has heard from far too many constituents on gas prices.

Stephen Baldwin

According to the latest figures from AAA, the average cost of a gallon of gas in the country is $3.31. The average cost in West Virginia is $3.27. At this time last year, the national average price of gasoline per gallon was $2.20.

“If this is a supply and demand issue, then why isn’t the price of oil much higher. Generally, you get a high price per barrel and equates to the price at the pump,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin noted that gasoline was around the same price 10 to 12 years ago but the price of oil was different. Crude Oil was listed at $70.78 per barrel on Bloomberg Energy. Baldwin said those prices were between $110 and $145 a barrel last time the prices were this high.

Baldwin said the group asked Morrisey to use the Consumer Protection Division of his office.

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