Michigan attorney general warns gas stations that he's looking for signs of price gouging

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants gas stations in Michigan to know that he will be watching for signs of price gouging at the pump after an outage at a BP oil refinery in Whiting, Ind.

Schuette issued a warning to gas stations on Friday, Aug. 14, and also sent a letter to BP calling for transparency when there is an outage or other unexpected event that could affect gas prices, according to a news release from his office.

“As Labor Day weekend approaches, the effects of an outage at a major Indiana petroleum refinery, combined with additional factors, means Michigan families are seeing an increase in the price at the pump. These circumstances do not constitute a free pass for gas stations to gouge consumers,” Schuette said. “We will not tolerate any unscrupulous behavior that violates Michigan law when it comes to gouging and price fixing.”

Gas prices averaged about $2.27 on Tuesday, Aug. 11, but prices spiked more than 60 cents in Michigan and Indiana following news of the outage at the BP plant in Whiting.

The average cost of a gallon of gas in the Michiana area was $2.99 at of 3:50 p.m. Thursday, according to Gas Buddy.