AG Cracks Down on Price Gouging

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

Consumers might have to take a few extra steps at the pump when it comes to paying for and obtaining their gas. But Attorney General King wants station owners to know the two steps that take them into the realm of price gouging.

If Alabama is under a state of emergency and prices are 25 percent higher than the average price over the past 30 days it's against the law.

"The message is the same, state officials and state laws exist to prevent unscrupulous business practices, and the unconscionable pricing of gasoline is such a practice," said King.

Several gas distributors declined to comment on the cost of wholesale gasoline, as oil drops to its cheapest point since February of last year.

Though much of the gas in the Wiregrass comes from out of the state, King says that doesn't matter.

"We can hold anybody who does business in Alabama accountable for what they do in Alabama, when you sell a commodity for more than 25 percent over the 30 day average for that commodity, that's a pretty significant jump, and when you're talking about 4 dollar gas, that's a dollar."

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