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    North Carolina May Investigate 2008 Gas Shortage

    State's travel association and c-store organization ask legislators to probe the causes and find solutions.

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- At the request of two associations -- the North Carolina Travel Industry (NCTIA) and the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers (NCPCM) -- lawmakers here have filed bills to form a Gas Shortage Legislative Commission that will study the reasons behind a weeks-long gas shortage that crippled the state in the wake of 2008's Hurricane Ike.

    The groups also asked the General Assembly to find the obstacles that slowed gas supply recovery and what actions are needed so the state can avoid a similar situation in the future, the NCTIA stated.

    Sens. Fletcher Hartsell and John Snow, along with Reps. Lorene Coates, Bruce Goforth, Thom Tillis and Jane Whilden filed the bills.

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