New York state launches probe into possible propane price gouging

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials are launching an investigation into extended delays in delivering propane to customers and possible price gouging during the recent cold spell.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tells The Associated Press Tuesday that the probe will also look into possible misconduct by propane suppliers who insisted customers had to buy a new propane tank before fuel could be delivered.

Schneiderman’s investigation comes after an Arctic cold front sent temperatures plunging last week, with wind chills making it feel like minus 30 to minus 40 in some upstate areas.

Schneiderman, a Democrat, isn’t naming specific companies yet, but his office says problems were “fairly widespread” across New York.

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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