As a frenzy of gas purchases drains local supplies and prices are purportedly spiking, the Asheville Police Department today issued a statement on how to report gas gouging to the proper state authorities.
The full statement is below.
— Jon Elliston, managing editor
For Immediate Release
Sept. 12, 2008
Asheville Police Department
Contact: Capt. Daryl Fisher
APD offers information on reporting gas gouging
ASHEVILLE – Asheville police have received several calls today regarding alleged gas gouging by stations in the city.
The department is therefore directing the public to the agency that can assist in this matter—the office of state Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Gov. Mike Easley today declared a state of “abnormal market disruption” and signed an order allowing the attorney general to enforce the state’s anti-gouging law.
Attorney General Cooper said today that the law applies to all levels of the fuel supply chain. He said his office is ready to take consumer complaints.
Those who want to report possible price gouging should contact:
N.C. Attorney General’s Office
Consumer Protection Division
The attorney general can sue merchants if state officials find that gas stations have excessively inflated prices.