Marathon: WV Gas Cuts Due To Market, Price Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- A Marathon Oil spokeswoman says the company cut off gas deliveries to some independent stations in West Virginia because of market forces and the state's disaster price-gouging law.

Angela Graves said Friday the company is still supplying more than 90 percent of its customers in areas covered by Gov. Joe Manchin's May 9 disaster declaration.

Graves says these customers are independent businesses that have supply contracts with Marathon and the company is fulfilling its contracts.

The disaster declaration triggered the price-gouging law that limits price increases in the affected areas.

Manchin criticized Marathon Oil on Thursday for cutting off deliveries to some stations.

Graves said these stations don't have supply contracts and Marathon can't replace gas sold to them at market prices.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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