(WBNG) -- It's was the big story topping headlines at the end of February 2000.
Prices at the gas pump soared a record 12 cents a gallon in a two-week span.
The national average landed at $1.59. Here in the Southern Tier, it went up to $1.58.
Lawmakers were worried the increase would impact New York tourism over the summer. But by the start of June that year, prices had dropped back down to $1.45 for a gallon of regular fuel.
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