Conway: 'I'm getting very, very angry' at feds over inaction on gas anti-trust case

07/09/2014 05:24 PM

Despite urging the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department to look into gas price gauging in Louisville, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said the case that began his first year in office might not be done by the time his second term ends next year.

Conway began investigating since 2008 whether the merger of Marathon Oil and Ashland, Inc., in the late 1990s has led to a monopoly in wholesale gasoline distributors in the Louisville area where gas is typically 10-15 cents higher than most of the rest of the state. Chris Otts of WDRB reported on Sunday that Conway is finished his end of the investigation but can’t release documents related to it because the case is still pending before the Federal Trade Commission.

Conway told Pure Politics that only the Federal Trade Commission can weigh in on a possible anti-trust case involving the two oil giants because they operate in multiple states.

He also said his pleas to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have fallen on deaf ears so far, which is part of the reason he said he is getting “very, very angry.”


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