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VIDEO: Propane tank companies under investigation

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(KHQ.COM)- Investigators say two major suppliers of propane tanks may have conspired to shortchange stores and consumers, all for profit. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation's top propane tank suppliers were cheating customers, specifically large retail stores like Lowe's and Walmart. Chuck Mazoch of Coastal Welding says, "In 2008, there was a significant rise in cost of propane, steel and diesel fuel."

To offset that cost, Blue Rhino and AmeriGas did not raise their prices, they increased their profit margin a different way.  "Without consumers knowing, they had adjusted the volumes that they were providing in the 20 pound propane tanks down to 15 pounds."

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