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Beebe Declares State of Emergency to Fight Price Gouging at Pumps

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Governor Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency in Arkansas because of gasoline-supply interruptions in relation to Hurricane Ike.

Some pipelines that route gasoline to fuel wholesalers and gas stations in Arkansas have been shut down until Ike is no longer a threat to the Gulf Coast.  As a result, some temporary increases in gas prices are expected during the next few days.  However, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has vowed to go after anyone who tries to profit illicitly from the situation through price gouging.  A statement from Beebe's office states that he fully supports McDaniel's efforts, and made this declaration to help the AG's Office pursue anyone who participates in gouging of any sort.

"We have dealt with emergencies before when severe weather has impacted fuel prices in Arkansas and throughout the region," Beebe said.  "This situation is unique with the interruption of pipeline service, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that any price gouging that results can be dealt with swiftly and strongly by the Attorney General." 

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