ATLANTA — As the impact of the cyberattack on Alpharetta-based gas pipeline widens, some in Georgia say they are seeing some gas stations price gouging.
Gov. Kemp on Tuesday declared a state of emergency, which includes an executive order that prohibits gas stations from price gouging.
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That means that while the state of emergency remains in effect, businesses “may not charge more for products and services identified by the Governor, including motor fuel and diesel fuel, than they charged before the declaration of the state of emergency, unless the increased prices accurately reflect an increase in the cost of new stock or the cost to transport it, plus the retailer’s average markup percentage applied during the ten days immediately prior to the declaration of the state of emergency.”
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“While we believe this to be a short-term event, we do not want consumers to be taken advantage of,” said Attorney General Carr. “Our office will review all price gouging complaints received to ensure the law is followed.”
Violators of Georgia’s price gouging statutes may be fined up to $5,000 per violation. Consumers can report suspected price gouging by calling 404-651-8600 or 1-800-869-1123 (outside metro Atlanta) or completing the online complaint form on CPD’s website HERE.
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