In Face of Gas Woes, Great News at the Pump
Gas prices falling everywhere else, but crisis persists in worst-hit areas
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2012 1:39 PM CST
Gas customers on foot with portable containers and lines of vehicles wait for gas pumps to open at a service station, Nov. 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – More steps in the effort to ease the post-Hurricane Sandy fuel crisis: UPI reports that the EPA lifted clean diesel regulations in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and NYC area, allowing vehicles to use heating oil for emergency response purposes, while the Energy Department said it was working with the Pentagon to deploy emergency generators to gas stations. But the area's gas woes stand in contrast to what the country as a whole is experiencing: a dramatic drop in gas prices. Between Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 they fell from an average of $3.7529 to $3.5454, the most sizable two-week decrease since 2008, Reuters reports.

In other gas-related news, New York's attorney general opened an investigation into alleged price gouging in the wake of Sandy after receiving hundreds of complaints, Eric Schneiderman's office announced today. Those complaints covered a host of products, including emergency supplies, food, water, and even hotel space, but the majority centered around gas, Reuters reports.

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NorCalHal
Nov 6, 2012 3:28 PM CST
I read the headline ......"GREAT NEWS AT THE PUMP". I wondered, did they roll back gasoline prices to $ 1.89, the national average when Obumbler took office? So the GREAT NEWS is that AFTER waiting in line for several hours, while standing outside with your containers you might be able to fill them for 20 a gallon LESS ! WOW, THAT"S GREAT. I think I would rather pay full price, maybe even 20 cents MORE and NOT have to take all day, standing in line!!
RLM357
Nov 5, 2012 11:20 PM CST
The prices will go back up after the Election! This is an attempt to elect Obama! ~Rick Magee, FL
WhateverYouSay
Nov 5, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Gas price gouging is alive and well all over the country, not just in the N.East. Right here in my community... same town, same county ... taxes exactly the same, gas ranges from $3.27 a gallon to $3.87. The difference... the cheapest gas is in lower income areas, away from I-95 and the Florida Turnpike and gated communities. So... since I drive a Prius, I only need gas once every 3 weeks or so... I can wait to fill up when I'm driving in a cheap fuel corridor. The gougers won't make a penny off me. But In the NE, people don't have the luxury of driving around to find cheaper fuel. Gouging becomes much more insidious and heinous. I think few would complain of a .10 or .15 cent increase in price... due to the circumstances. But to charge almost double the pre-Sandy going rate? Come on...