Attorney general stays on lookout for gasoline price gouging

Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho said the state is watching for gasoline price gouging following the terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

To date there has been no evidence of any stations in Alaska charging too much per gallon for gasoline, he said, unlike some stations in the Lower 48.

''In fact, most gasoline prices were unchanged since last Friday, while a few stations dropped their prices by a penny a gallon, and a few stations went up by a penny a gallon,'' Botelho said.

Both the federal government and the oil industry say that crude oil and gasoline supply and distribution remain abundant, Botelho said.

The state surveyed gas stations in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau. The attorney general's office also has been conducting regular surveys in an ongoing investigation into gas pricing in the state.

Gas stations that raise prices artificially could be fined up to $5,000 for each offense, said Ed Sniffen, assistant attorney general for fair business practices.

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