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      Attorney General continues fight in propane investigation

      Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday that he has filed a petition for additional subpoenas in the ongoing propane prices investigation.

      According to the Attorney General's office, the focus of the investigation in this new set of subpoenas is AmeriGas.

      "Let this send a clear message to energy suppliers that we will continue this review until we get homeowners the answers they deserve," said Schuette. "My job is to protect Michigan consumers - it's this simple: if we find that state law has been broken, we will take legal action."

      Officials report that 44 individual complaints were filed against AmeriGas from all over the state. The company AmeriGas is a supplier of propane with service in all 50 states.

      According to the petition for subpoenas filed in Marquette County Circuit Court, the complaints allege price gouging, failure to honor existing set-price contracts, and that AmeriGas quoted some customers one price on the phone and then delivered propane at a higher price.

      The Attorney General's office reports that customers claimed being charged $7 per gallon of propane by AmeriGas, when the statewide average was priced at $3.76 per gallon.

      Attorney General Schuette claims to have received more than 400 complaints against propane companies this past winter, and the investigation is ongoing.

      For the formal petition filed in Marquette County, click here. If you are a consumer and have additional evidence that a retailer engaged in behavior that violates the Consumer Protection Act, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at (877) 765-8388 or file a complaint online at www.michigan.gov/ag.

      AmeriGas issued a statement regarding the subpoenas, stating that they are aware of the situation and don't believe they violated the Consumer Protection Act. Officials with AmeriGas added that they are operating in full cooperation with Schuette's office.