Arkansas Attorney General Addresses Gas Hikes

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office has been inundated with claims of price gouging at the pump.  While McDaniel won't name names right now, he says they are looking very closely at some stations in Jonesboro.

"It's not fair, it's not right, and it's not legal. I intend to take a very harsh view of it as we gather evidence of those who are committing these violations," said McDaniel.

McDaniel is asking consumers to help sort through rumors of what gas prices are doing, and provide his office with evidence.

"I've heard rumors of 6 dollars a gallon gasoline in south Arkansas, but we haven't found actual evidence. Most people, on their cell phones, they have cameras...I'm asking people to use those cameras and send us what they see," said McDaniel.

McDaniel warns he and his office are watching the gas prices very closely, and he urges retailers to demonstrate some restraint during what he calls a temporary interruption in supply.

"When it's happening, even after the governor has declared an emergency and my office has put the word out to retailers of what we expect, to be doing it this afternoon and continuing to raise prices in Northeast Arkansas I am particularly disappointed in and will pay particular attention to it," said McDaniel.

To send in pictures to the Attorney General's office, you can email them at gas@arkansasag.gov or you can send pictures via text message at 501-539-0969.