Did big fuel companies sell gas and diesel at low prices in protest against the government on March 16, 2022? No, that's not true: On March 16, 2022, the national average prices for regular gas and diesel exceeded $4 and $5, respectively. The claim that such a protest occurred was satirical.
The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 15, 2022. The post's caption read:
Tomorrow between 2pm and 6pm, the big fuel companies will sell their tax-free products in protest against the government.
- Gas price is $1.60
- the diesel price $1.45
Here's the link to the list of fuel stations in your area.
List of Fuel Stations:
This is what the post looked like on Facebook on March 17, 2022:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Mar 17 15:30 2022 UTC)
According to the American Automobile Association, on March 16, 2022, the national average price for regular gas was about $4.31, while the national average price for diesel was about $5.10.
GasBuddy also recorded a national average for regular gas of around $4.30 on March 16, 2022, as shown in the chart below:
(Source: GasBuddy screenshot taken on Thu Mar 17 15:22:05 2022 UTC)
The "List of Fuel Stations" that was linked in the Facebook post led to a GIF of a portrait of actress Maggie Smith, in which the actress sticks up her middle finger. A screenshot of the GIF is included below:
(Source: Screenshot taken on Thu Mar 17 15:14:06 2022 UTC)
Other Lead Stories fact checks related to the 2022 spike in gas prices can be found here and here.