$4.00 gas rumors false, says state AG
August 8, 2006
By ALEJANDRO BODIPO-MEMBA
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Rumors circulating around Michigan about gas stations charging $4 a gallon for gas are false, according to Attorney General Mike Coxs office. At least one Lansing-area radio station was reporting that there was at least one station charging more than $4 for regular unleaded. There were separate reports that the station was in Lansing or Jackson.We are very aware of the rumor of $4-plus gas, said Nate Bailey, a spokesman for Cox. We are constantly monitoring prices across the state and have found no evidence of $4 gasoline. But we encourage anyone to call us if they see stations charging $4 or if they feel they are being gouged at the pump.
Consumer-operated websites like http://www.michigangasprices.com/ do have entries for gasoline as high as $4.45 a gallon in the Bear Lake area. But those prices cannot be independently confirmed.Bailey said Michiganders can call the AGs consumer protection division at 877-765-8388 or go online to www.michigan.gov/ag. Gov. Jennifer Granholms office also has an online contact to report suspected gouging at www.michigan.gov/mda. Residents can then click on the Consumer Information box and enter Michigans Gasoline Corner.Pump prices in Michigan are averaging $3.10 a gallon. The national average is $3.04, according to Heathrow, Fla.-based AAA. Contact ALEJANDRO BODIPO-MEMBA at 313-222-5008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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