MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley on Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency for Alabama after he received new information from the U.S. Department of Energy that energy shortages will likely occur in the state due to Hurricane Ike.

The Governor’s declaration notes that “disruption of essential utility services, systems and severe energy shortages will likely occur.”

Earlier in the day, the Governor’s Office noted that an Alabama governor’s ability to declare a state of emergency was very limited.

By law, an Alabama governor cannot declare a state of emergency unless there has been or there is anticipated to be an attack on the United States, a natural disaster of major proportions impacting Alabama or a public health emergency.

“I believe this new information means a threat to public health is a strong possibility due to the shortage of fuels,” said Governor Riley. “I deem it an emergency.”

The state law that prohibits “unconscionable pricing” of items for sale or rent goes into effect when the governor has declared a state of emergency.

The Attorney General's price gouging hotline is now open.

If you feel you've been gouged, call 1-800-392-5658.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    so the the big gas people can get gas and the little gas people cant what's up with that. it's bull all the lies about there aint no gas that bull to, how many rich gas owners do you know? its the jurk's that own the oil rigs.. and for all of you that grip about the inland in elba 4.79 and just down the street at the bp it's 3.99 give me a break everyone needs to stop going to the inland there a rip off
  • by Ron C Location: Warrior, al on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    On Sept.12th the gas prices were $3.59 at the Citco and Conoco at Exit 287 (I-65 ) north of Birmingham. They went up to $4.65 imediately.
  • by Anonymous Location: Guntersville on Sep 15, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    Wednesday the Jet Pep stations in Guntersville and Arab were 3.45. Friday they took the prices off the signs and raised the pumps to 4.65. The signs were left blank.If that's not "Gouging" what is?
  • by john nebrig Location: Decatur Alabame on Sep 15, 2008 at 11:59 AM
    At Kangaroos on Highway 31 in Decatur - Drove up while tanks were being filled and was told by manager that price would be same as soon as pumps opened up. Price increased by $.24 when truck pulled off the lot.
  • by Tim S. Location: Slocomb on Sep 15, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    Inland in Slocomb $4.79 across street $3.95 ? Who is the promble?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    How Slow can we react??? The State is very slow in reacting the So Called "Price Gouging Law",The Public has been ripped of for several days before to Government did anything,,,The Same as doing NOTHING!! As usual!!
  • by ira Location: southwest virginia on Sep 14, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    the news says that gas only jumped an average of 8 cents a gal overnight it jumped an average of 20 cents here in 4 hours and i bet it will take at least 2 weeks before going back down.no wonder profits on gas is counted in the billions.
  • by sick of it Location: geneva county on Sep 13, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    Geneva county cant even afford to cut grass on the county roads .so every one is hurting right now . I just wish people would quit being mean. it the gas company to blame. the rich gets rich and the poor gets poor thats life the people made it that way
  • by citizen Location: usa on Sep 13, 2008 at 07:03 AM
    Gas Price Gouging Hotlines AL Hotline* 1-800-392-5658 GA Hotline * 1-800-869-1123 FL Hotline * 1-866-966-7226 http://gaswatch.energy.gov/ This is The United States Department of Energy website where you can report price gouging.
  • by bob on Sep 13, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    Report price gouging violators to the hotline. The fines and or sanctions will deter this practice. Just ask the violators who get caught. 1-800-392-5658
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