DOJ finds no wrong doing with Eau Claire gas prices

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(WEAU) - The price at the pump in Eau Claire might be high, but there's no conspiracy behind having one of the highest gas prices in the state. The finding comes from the State's Department of Justice. It says attorneys found no evidence any wrong doing in the area.

The D.O.J. says it looked into the parallel pricing Eau Claire sees and found that none of the stations are doing anything wrong. It says it's still willing to take information if someone believes there is a conspiracy. Local city council members say the findings bring up more questions.

Gas prices are a pain for nearly any driver.

"I think it's outrageous for how expensive gas is, period," says driver Michaela Birch.

"Compared to Minnesota it's not good I guess. I feel up whenever I’m there and I'm there every two weeks," says driver Taylor Crow.

In Eau Claire we've had a history of some of the highest gas prices in the state.

"I don't think in seven years on the Eau Claire City Council I have had more phone calls on any subject, about any subject, other than gas prices and about where this investigation is and when we'll hear more so it's nice to finally have something," says Council Member Dave Duax.

The State's Department of Justice looked into the high prices to see if there was anything illegal going on. It found local gas station doing nothing wrong but Duax says that doesn't help explain why there's such a difference at the pump in Eau Claire. Duax was part of the group that asked the D.O.J. to look into gas prices. He says he's happy the D.O.J. investigated, but says there are still a lot of questions.

"This is Eau Claire's Loch Ness Monster, someone told me maybe that's it. There are still rumors the monster is still out there but the fact of the matter is the high prices are still there and that doesn't make people happy," says Duax.

That leaves drivers to fill up in other places when they can.

"If you go past Marshfield it's like way cheaper than it is here," says Birch.

"I don't think there's a conspiracy I always heard there's an extra tax compared to Minnesota, it seems like everything is more expensive here," says Crow.

According to www.gasbuddy.com gas stations in the Eau Claire are among the highest at $3.39 a gallon. That's $0.20 more than compared to Milwaukee which averages $3.12 a gallon or Madison which is averaging $3.17 a gallon.
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ORIGINAL STORY:

(WEAU) - The Wisconsin Department of Justice says there's no evidence of any wrong doing when it comes to gas prices in Eau Claire.

The Eau Claire City Council asked the department to investigate higher prices in the area earlier this year. Dana Brueck with the Wisconsin DOJ sent us a statement Monday afternoon. She says no charges have been filed, because after an extensive investigation, no evidence of wrong doing was found. She says parallel pricing along doesn't prove a conspiracy.

Brueck says if anyone has evidence of a conspiracy including knowledge of meetings, phone calls between retailers or other suspicious activities, they should contact the justice department.



 
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