Drivers in Maryland are feeling the pain at the pump; over the weekend into Monday the average price for a gallon of gas reached $4.00, and in many places above that.
In the wake of consumer complaints, AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling on Maryland’s Attorney General Douglas Gansler to widen a probe into the price spike across the state.
On Monday, NBC Washington’s Chris Gordon reported that Gansler and other lawmakers in the state were looking into the cause of the recent increases. Though Gansler said the issue is whether it’s the distributor in or the oil company.
“The problem in Maryland, which they don’t have in Virginia or the District of Columbia, is that we don’t have a price-gouging statute,” Gansler said.
On Monday the average price reached $4 per gallon, for only the second time in state history. The highest was $4.05 per gallon back in June of 2008.
AAA Mid-Atlantic hopes the investigation will determine whether fuel distributors, marketers and retail gas stations are violating anti-trust laws.
The auto club cites several factors for why Maryland is often more expensive than neighboring states:
As of Tuesday, AAA’s Fuel Gauge listed the average cost of gas in Maryland at $3.99 per gallon, but in the Washington suburbs, motorists are still paying above $4 per gallon.