September 12, 2001
In a news release issued today, Governor Mike Johanns said the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association has informed him that there is no basis for a substantial increase in gas prices. The Nebraska Energy Office is monitoring gasoline supplies and prices daily. The Governor urged Nebraskans to practice moderation and not to engage in "panic buying."
The Attorney Generalís Office said state law prohibits unfair trade practices and unconscionable acts in connection with consumer transactions. The laws provide for civil penalty of up to $2,000 for each violation, which the Attorney General believes would be each individual gas sale.
Nebraskans who believe a gas station is engaged in price gouging, can call the toll-free Consumer Protection Line at 1-800-727-6432 or the Energy Office at 471-2867.
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