Connecticut consumers angered over spike in weekend gas prices

Following a late August spike that carried the price of premium gasoline well past the $2 mark, prices leveled off this week and even dropped a couple of cents. But not nearly enough to appease drivers who have grown weary of seasonal price fluctuation. And when drivers get angry it's the service station owners who hear about it. Ron Russo of the Post Road Texaco in Darien says when people pull in and see the prices he cringes because he knows they are going to complain. The state Gas Retailers Association is accusing the oil companies of price gouging. In a letter to Connecticut's commissioner of consumer affairs, the association urges the state to investigate the wholesalers and what the group refers to as "big oil." But Russo has his own theory. He says after being in the gas business for 17 years, it's called Labor Day weekend.

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