Local gas station explains price increase over $4

DALLAS, Ga. -- A local gas station manager is speaking out after photos surfaced of his station raising gas prices to more than $4 a gallon shortly after a gas pipeline leak in Alabama.

Even with a state of emergency declared in Georgia to keep gasoline shipments coming by semi truck, many stations around metro Atlanta and even surrounding states have reported some or all of their gas supplies depleted.

And while some have raised their price as much as 30 cents, some, including one in Dallas, Ga., have raised their price almost $2 per gallon.

However, as one manager who did not want to go on camera told 11Alive, it wasn't about gouging as much as protecting supply.

The manager said he raised the price on Saturday for those that used a credit card but sold for less for those paying cash.  He said that many surrounding stations had completely run out of gas.

So as his supply began to run low, he began raising the price.  He said that once a shipment of 1,300 gallons made its way to his station on Sunday, he lowered the price back down to $2.69 for those paying cash.

But from there, the price began to rise again as his supplies began to once again run low.

However, this explanation hasn't been enough for some customers who were frustrated to see such a high price increase when surrounding stations - then empty - remained below $3.  Some also accused this station and others of price gouging.

But this may not be the case - at least not yet.

11Alive dug into Georgia's price gouging protection laws and learned that a two-step process has to be enacted for any action to be taken to control independent gas pricing.

First, the governor must declare a state of emergency and then a specific freeze has to be placed on an essential resource.

While the first part of the equation has happened, no freeze has been put into place leaving stations with considerable latitude on pricing.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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