(09/01/2005)
The West Virginia Attorney General's office received over 3,000 complaints yesterday regarding high gas prices and allegations of price gouging.

Most low-test gasoline is spiking above $3 a gallon.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Fran Hughes says she has had to hire two temporary staffers handle the calls.

Hughes said that while the agency is checking out the complaints, the state cannot penalize price gouging until the governor declares a state of emergency.

She says retailers in general cannot really be blamed because they are having to buy their gas from suppliers at higher prices.

Jan Vineyard is executive director of the West Virginia Oil Marketers And Grocers Association. Vineyard says service stations have very little control over the prices and are doing the best they can.


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