Drivers have reported a large spike in gas prices at a number of stations in the D.C. Metro area.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his office has been flooded with complaints from motorists who say gas prices jumped up 20 to 25 cents a gallon overnight in Maryland.
A majority of the complaints pertained to stations that get their fuel supply from the same distributor, Empire Petroleum, he adds.
Gansler says Empire told gas station owners the price spike was due to flooding of the Mississippi River.
D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan said Wednesday that he would be launching an anti-trust investigation into another company, Capitol Petroleum, to determine whether they are engaging in practices that artificially inflate gas prices, according to a Washington Post [report (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/politics/dcattorneygeneralinvestigatinggasstationowner/2011/05/11/AFvkBjtGstory.html?wprss=rsshomepage). Capitol Petroleum owns 164 gas stations in the D.C. region.
In a letter sent to Nathan May 12, AAA Midatlantic's John Townsend says high fuel prices in the metro area are "unjustified."