Coloradans Complain To Federal Government About Gas Price-Gouging

Denver (AP) More than 200 Colorado motorists have complained to the U.S. Energy Department that oil companies are price- gouging as gas prices soar. The Colorado Attorney General's Office has also received a handful of complaints about stations jacking up the price of gas in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Deputy Attorney General Jason Dunn concedes his office is hamstrung because Colorado doesn't have a price–gouging law. Colorado's average gas price hit a record of $3.74 Wednesday, but wholesale prices have begun to fall.

If those prices stay lower, Denver–based Sunco Energy says pump prices should decline into the $2.80 range by Thursday.

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