Legal action taken against local gas company

July 31, 2008 1:44:37 PM PDT
The state is taking action against a locally-based petroleum company after an investigation showed drivers were getting short-changed at the pump. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took legal action today against Petroleum Wholesale, L.P., a company based in The Woodlands after the Texas Department of Agriculture allegedly found the company's gas stations routinely failed to pump the amount of fuel its customers actually purchased.

"Texans are paying record gas prices, and when they purchase a gallon of gas, they expect to receive a full gallon," Attorney General Abbott said. "Today's enforcement action charges the defendant with shortchanging Texas drivers at the pump. Thanks to a thorough investigation by Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, the Office of the Attorney General is prepared to hold any wrongdoers accountable for violating the law."

Petroleum Wholesale, which operates Sunmart Travel Centers and Convenience Stores in several states, is charged with violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by maintaining fuel pumps that were improperly calibrated in a manner that benefited the company financially. [Read the release from the Texas Attorney General's office]

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