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Did accident or price fixing cause high gas prices? State senators ask
Did accident or price fixing cause high gas prices? State senators ask

State senators investigating a recent surge in California pump prices at a Tuesday hearing grappled with price-fixing accusations and pressure to shift to alternative fuels. Members of the transportation, housing and energy, utilities and communications committees questioned why retail gasoline prices rocketed past the rest of the country last month and are only gradually floating back down. Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) chaired the hearing and returned several times to one suspicion: that the tiny pool of refiners responsible for producing California’s unique fuel blends may be colluding to keep prices artificially high. “Do we have monopolies on fuel in...

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