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Klobuchar seeks action against spike in gas prices

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to take action to address the massive spike in gas prices across Minnesota.

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After the simultaneous closure of three oil refineries in the Midwest region gas prices have jumped 15 percent in less than a week, surging to around $4 a gallon at many stations. In a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Klobuchar called on the Department of Energy to thoroughly examine the closures and timing of scheduled maintenance operations to prevent future supply shocks that cause gas prices to rise.

"This spike in gas prices is hurting families, businesses and farmers across Minnesota and disrupting commerce," Klobuchar said. "Scheduled maintenance at refineries should not be allowed to cause such major disruptions in supply. That's why I have called on the Department of Energy to thoroughly review the closures and the timing of maintenance operations and take action to prevent future supply problems that cause consumers pain at the pump."

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