On Friday, I blogged about the sudden spike of gas prices in the region due to Hurricane Harvey.
On Saturday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned consumers of price gouging.
In a news release Schneiderman issued this statement:
“Experience has shown that some gas station owners use severe storms as an opportunity to exploit consumers. Hurricane Harvey has led to gas price spikes across the country, including in New York — but we'll hold accountable those who seek to capitalize on the storm at the expense of hardworking New York families.”
According to the news release, gasoline prices across the country rose to a two-year high and the statewide average rose 23 cents since Harvey made landfall. The price increase is due to the shutdown of major refineries and the closure of the Colonial Pipeline due to flooding.
According to AAA, the average price of gasoline in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy market is $2.65.
The general business law prohibits excessive increases in prices of essential goods and services like gasoline resulting from natural disasters
To file a complaint call the attorney general's office at 1-800-771-7755 or online at www.ag.NY.gov/price-gouging-complaint-form.
— Adam Colver