Lukoil gas stations jack up prices in protest

WOODBURY - Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have hiked their prices to more than double the national average in protest of their parent company. The stations say Lukoil North America is forcing its franchises to pay higher prices for its fuel than it charges competitors, putting stations at a disadvantage. Long Island's Lukoil stations aren't taking part in the protest, but those in New York's neighboring states are charging $8 and $9 per gallon. Here on Long Island, some gas station owners say angry drivers are blaming them for jacking up their prices. But they say it's not their fault and they're just passing on the prices that they get from their distributors.The Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association says gas prices have jumped 20 cents per gallon in the past 6 days.

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