A Federal Trade Commission report may explain why Eastern Washington gas prices are higher.
The report released Thursday says that local gas sellers are not responsible for Eastern Washington's higher prices. It says that the problem lies with refineries in the Rocky Mountains.
Senator Maria Cantwell requested the report on September 15th when Spokane gas prices were as much as 34 cents higher than Seattle's. While the differences for regular gasoline have dropped, people in the Tri-Cities still pay twelve cents more than those in Seattle.
Senator Cantwell has put two gas bills in front of the Senate but neither has passed yet. She says she is still working with the F.T.C. to find the answer to the gas problem.