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From Anthony Castranova

By Staff | Oct 29, 2014

To the editor:

Normally, I enjoy supporting our local New Martinsville merchants whenever I can. Recently, I had several opportunities to travel a short distance both north and south of New Martinsville. During these trips, I was astounded to see that the price of regular unleaded gasoline was anywhere from 25 to 34 cents per gallon cheaper in St. Marys or Moundsville, not just on the “off brands,” but on many of the very same brands sold in New Martinsville.

Apparently, the reason is because we are willing to pay the inflated price.

I took the time to contact the West Virginia Attorney General’s office to complain, and I write this letter to the editor to urge others to do the same.

A complaint can be made by completing a form on the www.wvago.gov website or by writing a letter outlining the details of this price gouging and sending it to the following:

Officer of the Attorney General

Consumer Protection Division

PO Box 1789

Charleston, WV 25326-1789

The response I received from the Attorney General’s office suggest that they will investigate the issue when “a persistent pattern of complaints . . . . develops.” Please join me in helping to end the unfair practice of charging significantly higher prices for gasoline in the New Martinsville area.

Anthony Castranova

New Martinsville