WENY News - Probe Into Possible Propane Price Gouging Begins

Probe Into Possible Propane Price Gouging Begins

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The head of a propane gas trade group says it hasn't received any complaints of alleged price gouging during the recent cold spell, despite claims by New York state officials that prices may have been inflated.
  
Shane Sweet, executive director of the New York Propane Gas Association, says propane prices typically are higher in winter, but he says any increases are "nothing close to price gouging."
  
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that he was launching an investigation into extended delays in delivering propane to customers and possible price gouging during the recent cold spell.
  
Sweet says snowy weather followed by Arctic conditions impacted propane deliveries, along with mandated limitations on the number of hours fuel truck drivers can work.            

He said there were "systemic failures that left far too many New Yorkers sitting in the cold for far too long."

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