California Attorney General to probe hot fuel issue

| 8/29/2006

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is looking into the issue of hot fuel.

Tom Dressler, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s office, said hot – or expanded – fuel cost the state’s motorists half-a-billion dollars last year. And, Dressler said, Lockyer considers the failure of the oil industry to install pumps that compensate for fuel temperature unacceptable.

“The attorney general plans to look into these revelations about the oil companies nickel and diming truckers and other drivers while at the same time making record profits,” Dressler told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio.

Dressler said the hot fuel probe is not a full-blown investigation yet – but could become one if there’s evidence that laws are being violated.

The California probe comes on the heels of a two-day series on hot fuel in the Kansas City Star.

But, more than a year ago, Land Line Magazine and radio began reporting on the same issue. Land Line’s reports were based on the exhaustive research of OOIDA’s John Siebert, who has worked on the hot fuel problem since July 2002. Siebert’s investigation included sampling of fuel at more than 30 different retailers via OOIDA’s truck, the “Spirit of the American Trucker.”

– by Reed Black, staff writer