Arkansas Congressman Seeks Probe of Gas Pump Prices

SEPTEMBER 2, 2005 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross says the Federal Trade Commission should immediately start an investigation of inflated gasoline prices throughout the country.

Ross asked FTC Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras to determine what could be done to ensure that climbing gas prices weren't the result of unfair price gouging.  Motorists throughout the country faced pump prices well in excess of $3 per gallon.

Arkansas attorney general spokesman Matt DeCample says complaints of price gouging have been filed with the office.

Many Jonesboro gas stations are selling gas for $3.09 (9) per gallon this morning.

The attorney general's office can use a state anti-price gouging law to go after those who charge ten percent more than they have charged before the hurricane.

Butt DeCample noted that the office takes into consideration that many service stations also are having to pay wholesalers more for gasoline because of fluctuations in the price of oil.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)