Pain At the Pumps: Report Gas Gouging Here! - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Pain At the Pumps: Report Gas Gouging Here!

Gas prices across the country soared over the weekend, especially in the Southeast, where some stations raised prices above $5 dollars a gallon. To some degree, the price hikes make sense.

Hurricane Ike forced many refineries in its path to shut down, disrupting the supply chain.

In some places, cars are lining up regardless of the price, since other local stations have run out of gas.

But many consumers - and government officials - are worried about unscrupulous retailers taking advantage of the situation.

The governors of Georgia, Louisiana and Florida have all promised to crack down on price gouging.

And the U.S. Department of Energy has a web site set up you can use to report gouging -  www.gaswatch.energy.gov  

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