Lawmakers want report on high WNY gas prices

Posted at 3:50 PM, Dec 10, 2014

For years, lawmakers have pursued an answer to a question that has puzzled Western New Yorkers: Why are gas prices higher here than other parts of the country?

Despite pushes by state and national leaders, an answer has never been found beyond “market prices.” Now Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins are asking the Energy Information Administration to research the issue.

In a letter to Senior Advisor Shirley Neff, the lawmakers explain the disparity and ask her administration to write a report explaining the factors that determine the price of fuel and causes in price fluctuation.

The report may provide an explanation of why gas prices in WNY fall slower than other parts of the country.