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Authorities investigating 2 NC gas stations for alleged price gouging

Posted September 22

— Two more gasoline stations in North Carolina are being questioned about their prices after the flow of fuel was interrupted by a pipeline leak in Alabama.

The office of Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday that he is seeking information from gas stations in Raleigh and Indian Trail.

Complaints filed with the Consumer Protection Division said the stations were charging $4.99 or more per gallon.

The Consumer Protection Division is investigating potential gas price gouging based on approximately 1,300 complaints from consumers.

Subpoenas were issued Monday and Tuesday to gas stations and wholesalers in Guilford, Forsyth, Johnston, and Rockingham counties.

The leaking pipeline has been bypassed and the flow of gasoline resumed Wednesday night.

Some stations in North Carolina ran out of gasoline because of the leak.

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  • John Townsend Sep 22, 4:39 p.m.
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    let's make sure that next time we have lines and hoarding.

  • Lee Rogers Sep 22, 12:23 p.m.
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    So how are those any different? If you don't want the insurance don't buy it. It you don't want the medicine, don't buy it.

  • Barney Gravel Sep 22, 12:18 p.m.
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    Caveat Emptor, let the buyer beware. If only a couple of chuckle heads are doing this, then let the marketplace deal with it. We cannot expect government to "kiss all our bobo's and make things better."

  • Aiden Audric Sep 22, 11:59 a.m.
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    http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_75/GS_75-38.html

    It is the business of the state.

    Insurance: http://www.ncdoi.com/About.aspx

    Rx: the AG can't do much - crafting laws is in the hands of the legislature.

    Putting Cooper in the cross-hairs makes little sense relative to how government works.

  • Jim Frei Sep 22, 11:26 a.m.
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    Did anyone actually pay $4.99 for the gas? If so, then the transaction is no business of the State.

    Maybe Cooper should be looking into the daily gouging by insurance companies and pharmaceutical sellers.