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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
JAMES O. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman
JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas
EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts
QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia JOHN V. TUNNEY, California
ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina
CHARLES McC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland
SUBCOMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts, Chairman
PHILIP A. HART, Michigan
QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina CHARLES McC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida
THOMAS M. SUSMAN, Counsel
Weber, John W., Federal Energy Office, Assistant Administrator for
David T. Brewster, Independent Oilmen's Association____
Harold Murphy, Jr., Baystate Gasoline Retailers Association____
Sidney Benson, gasoline station operator, Roxbury, Mass----
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1974
SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE
The subcommittee met at 9:30 a.m., pursuant to call, at John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Boston, Mass., Hon. Edward M. Kennedy presiding.
Present: Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY
Senator KENNEDY. I am pleased to open this hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure of the Senate Judiciary Committee into the gasoline situation in Massachusetts. I am even more pleased that in response to our requests, in response to the questions I submitted to the FEO in relation to these hearings, and in response to the clamor of citizens and station operators across the State, we have received a 12.9 million emergency allocation for gasoline. If this is to be the response, I intend to call gasoline hearings every Saturday morning.
The Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973 states, among other requirements, that regulations implementing the law "shall provide for". . . "equitable distribution of . . . refined petroleum products at equitable prices among all regions and areas of the United States..."
This hearing is specifically designed to help answer the question: "Is Massachusetts being treated fairly in the supply it is receiving and in the prices its citizens are having to pay for gasoline and other fuels?"
From consumers, from our State representatives, from car owners, and from service station owners, the answer has been a strong "no." They have seen, on television, gasoline station operators from Georgia saying that they have an overabundance of gasoline. They have seen the photos of other States where there are no lines, where the supplies seem to meet the demand, regardless what percentage the Federal Office claims that its allocation system is providing.
More important, we have seen the lines in Boston, in Newton, in Springfield, and on the Cape, as I traveled around the State for 2 weeks in January. Even then, the gasoline situation was growing taut. In the past 5 weeks, since the gasoline allocation system that was designed