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Rep. Walorski reintroduces GAS Act

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Representative Jackie Walorski says she has a plan to keep gas prices lower in Indiana and across the state.

The local Republican congresswoman has teamed with Nebraska Representative Lee Terry to reintroduce the Gas Accessibility and Stabilization (GAS) Act in the House.

The bill is intended to reduce spikes in prices when gas supplies are disrupted in certain parts of the country.  Gas supply disruption caused by maintenance problems in the area was a factor in higher prices at the pump in Indiana this past summer.

"We continue to operate in an environment in which the fuel required in one market may not satisfy the requirement set by the EPA in another market," said Rep. Terry.  "EPA fuel standards are different across the country.  If our fuel supplies are disrupted from a natural disaster or simple equipment failure, consumers can and usually do face higher prices at the pump."

The GAS Act would allow the EPA more authority to issue waivers, allowing retailers to use whatever fuel they can get during periods of disruption.  It would also automatically grant waivers if the EPA fails to respond to a community's request within three days.  Additionally, the GAS Act would require the EPA and Department of Energy to conduct a study of the long-term impact varied fuel blend requirements have on gas prices, supply, and reliability.

"This summer Indiana hit a record high average price, with some motorists paying over $4 dollars per gallon.  It is time for Congress to proactively address fuel prices to ease pain at the pump and move our country toward energy independence, and I am pleased to work with Rep. Terry on this important initiative," said Walorski.

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