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 Staff Posted Nov 5, 2012 1:39 PM CST 17 comments Comments 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.