Gas Gouging in Florida
First Coast News is reporting that the state Attorney General’s Office has received more than 70 complaints in Duval County about gasoline price gouging this week. The Gate station chain is the subject of the majority of them.
Gate says their supplier raised the price on them and they’re passing it onto the consumer. The AG’s office is asking them to document that. The stations according to First Coast News are Flying J, Dodge’s Gas Stores, Valero and Pilot Travel Centers.
Inventories of gasoline dropped more than three million barrels this week as a result of shutdowns from Hurricane Ike, and you probably saw gas stations that had no gas or prices that were high.That’;s because supplies were reported to be the lowest since November 1967.
There continue to be shortages in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.The problem is that refineries in Texas the along the Gulf coast and West Louisiana had been closed during Ike, they are now slowly coming back on-line.
Gov. Charlie Crist said that Florida is not suffering from any gas shortages and that people shouldn’;t panic.