By Zack Colman - 10/08/12 03:10 PM EDT
Feinstein wants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe gasoline wholesalers after prices for a premium blend of gasoline shot up 97 cents per gallon last week. She says gasoline traders might have maliciously shorted the market, a claim those traders denied.
“California’s consumers are all too familiar with energy price spikes which cannot be explained by market fundamentals, and which turn out years later to have been the result of malicious and manipulative trading activity,” Feinstein wrote Sunday in a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz.
Feinstein made similar requests of the FTC in August, when California gas prices averaged $4.13 per gallon compared with a national average of $3.76. Last week, prices hit nearly $5 per gallon.