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Attorney General Probes Unlawful Profiteering By Oil Companies

Sacramento, CA — An investigation has been launched regarding possible illegal profiteering by gasoline retailers and oil companies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced that he will subpoena records from refiners and probe the pricing practices of gas station owners.

Lockyer has also established a special email address where consumers, oil company employees, gas station workers and others can submit information and documents about gauging and suspected unlawful conduct.

The email address is gaspricinghotline@doj.ca.gov. Lockyer says his officer has received complaints from California consumers about rising prices at gas stations following Hurricane Katrina.