Brown urged to investigate gas station accuracy

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D)

WASHINGTON-California Attorney General Jerry Brown is being urged by U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney to investigate whether gas pumps in the state are shortchanging consumers.

McNerney wants to know specifically if gas station pumps are properly calibrated, dispense the correct volume of gas, and accurately reflect the type of gas and the charge for that octane level.

"After all, consumers should have every confidence that they get what they pay for at the pump, especially as they are paying record high gas prices," McNerney, D-Calif., wrote in a letter to Brown Tuesday.

In asking for an "immediate and aggressive investigation," McNerney noted that an investigation in New Jersey found over 300 violations including pricing discrepancies and inaccurate octane ratings at gas stations across the Garden State.

New Jersey consumers, he said, were getting "shortchanged" by gas stations.

"It is fundamentally important that gas pumps clearly and accurately identify what octane gas is being dispensed and that the price advertised on an overhead sign or other device is what is actually charged at the pump," McNerney wrote.

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