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Indiana Attorney General's office taking calls about gas gouging after prices rise

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

By FRANK PHILLIPS

frankphi@hotmail.com

Gas prices are fluctuating in Clay County, for no apparent reason. On Wednesday morning, prices ranged from a few cents more than $2 per gallon on up to $2.39 or more.

One convenience store employee told The Brazil Times several customers threatened to complain to Indiana Attorney Gen. Steve Carter's office after prices rose 30 cents per gallon, literally overnight. Then, the employee excused herself to go outside and raise pump prices at that store.

A call into the Attorney General's "Gas Gouging Line" (866) 241-9753, Wednesday afternoon, revealed Clay County residents are not alone in their consternation.

A state employee was one of eight employees being kept busy Wednesday afternoon, answering calls from all over the state about the gas price situation. Many callers had the same complaint -- gas prices had risen by about the same amount overnight for no apparent reason.

She also said complaints can only be processed when the Governor declares an energy emergency and there is no indication he intends to do so any time soon.

Complaint information is being collected by the Indiana Attorney General's office in case such a declaration is made.

The employee had no means of knowing if the office had received calls from Clay County, she said.



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