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Senator says he ‘drilled’ oil execs

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig put out a news release declaring that he “drilled oil executives” in a hearing yesterday on gas prices. “When gas is cheaper on Capitol Hill than it is in Idaho, I’m frustrated,” Craig said. “Idaho consumers are paying through the nose for gasoline, diesel and natural gas, and we need some answers.”

The congressional hearing featured a panel of oil company CEOs, followed by a panel of state attorneys general. “The good news is that the attorneys general told us they have investigated price gouging thoroughly, and it is not occurring as widely as it has been portrayed,” Craig said. “The bad news is that gas pricing is so hard to understand and even harder to explain, that five CEOs could not explain to me why gas in Idaho is more expensive than in Washington, D.C.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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