State wants to hear about alleged gas pump price hike amid hikes – NBC Connecticut
The state of Connecticut is asking residents to report any suspected price hikes at gas pumps as prices continue to climb.
Attorney General William Tong said abnormal market disruption in gasoline prices triggers additional protections against price gouging. The additional protections will be in place until April 2, 2022.
“Overcharging consumers is unacceptable at any time, but during this abnormal market disruption it is illegal. If you see anyone charging excessive gas prices, I want to know. We will investigate every report and We will take strong action against anyone who takes advantage of Connecticut consumers during this international crisis,” Attorney General Tong said in part in a statement.
Gas prices are averaging over $4 a gallon for much of the state, according to AAA.
During an abnormal market disturbance, Tong said it was “unlawful to charge an ‘unreasonably excessive price’ for energy resources, including gasoline, electricity and heating oil.” The unreasonably excessive price can occur when there is a large disparity between the price during the market disruption and the price just before the market disruption.
“While consumers can expect gasoline prices to fluctuate more than usual at this time, any unknowingly high increases could be a sign of rising prices, which is illegal. Consumers who suspect price gouging at the pump should file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General,” said Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull.
The abnormal market disturbance statement covers unreasonably excessive pricing at the retail, distribution and wholesale level, Tong added.
Anyone who suspects price gouging should file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online here or by phone at (860) 808-5318.