"My Consumer Protection Section already has been receiving calls of concern and inquiry from farmers and others who are worried and some are reporting significant price increases within recent days," said Attorney General Strange. "With bitterly cold temperatures predicted through next week, it is important that people in rural areas are able to get the heat they need for their personal warmth and survival, and farmers could suffer devastating losses that will affect all of us. I believe Alabama propane businesses will continue to act responsibly as Alabama stands together during this difficult time."
The AG's office says a price that is 25 percent or more above the average price charged in the same area within the last 30 days, unless the increase can be attributed to a reasonable cost, is a prima facie case of unconscionable pricing.
Those convicted of gouging can be fined up to $1,000 per violation and could lose their ability to do business in Alabama.
Those seeking to report illegal price gouging can contact the AG's Office of Consumer Protection by calling toll-free 1-800-392-5658, by writing to 501 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama, 36130, or though the Attorney General's web page at www.ago.alabama.gov.