The New York attorney general’s office is looking into whether gasoline offered through the Craigslist website for as much as $8 a gallon is legal as motorists cope with retail shortages after Hurricane Sandy.
The price for fuel in New York City and Long Island by some individual sellers on Craigslist, the online-classified ad site, was almost double the latest average city price of $4.102 published today by AAA, the largest motoring organization. The New York State Agriculture and Markets Department’s Bureau of Weights and Measures is investigating gasoline advertised for sale on Craigslist, the agency said today in an e-mail.
Drivers in the New York area have been forced to stand in hours-long lines or go to other states to fuel up after Sandy shut East Coast refineries and harbors, curbing gasoline production and imports. The storm made landfall Oct. 29 near Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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