U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI15) is asking the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) to investigate why Southeast Michigan gas prices are higher than the national average. Dingell sent a letter to EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski urging the agency to examine factors that may be increasing gas prices for Southeast Michigan consumers at the pump.
"I understand there may be a number of factors contributing to these high prices," said Dingell. "The EIA has the know how to help us figure out the root problem of the high prices in Southeast Michigan. Their answers will help inform Congress and the American people as to what actions, if any, can be taken by Federal, state, or local governments, by the petroleum industry, or by other entities to lower prices."
According to the August 20, 2012 gasoline release, the EIA puts the national at $3.744 and the average for the region that includes Michigan at $3.761. Dingell said that one of his major concerns is that gas prices throughout his District currently range from $3.90 to $4, much higher than the EIA release and far higher than those predicted by EIA in late May and early June. Dingell outlined a number of questions that he wants answered to determine the problem and to provide direction for a solution.
"Southeast Michigan working families rely on automobiles powered by fuel to transport their families and to commute to work. These men and women do not deserve to be penalized by paying more at the pump, and I will fight my darndest to get this corrected and limit the increasing gas prices in Southeast Michigan."