ATLANTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an executive order to effectively freeze gas prices in place until further notice.
That means gas must go no higher than the price it was when the declaration was made – which was 9 this morning.
The exception to that is if the cost to the retailer goes up, then it can raise its prices, but only at the same markup rate as 10 days before the state of emergency was declared.
The recent shortage of fuel in the state has spurred some providers to engage in price gouging, substantially increasing prices in the area.
Governor Deal says that price gouging needs to be prevented in order to protect the health and welfare of residents.
Earlier, the Governor issued a state of emergency for the state of Georgia, due to the pipeline leak.
Colonial Pipeline says gas is on the way to SC, NC and Georgia in a Facebook post.
“We are working around-the-clock to move gasoline to market via our Line 2 pipeline. Supplies of gasoline have been delivered and/or are in route to terminal locations in Alabama (Boligee, Oxford and Birmingham), Louisiana (Opelousas), Georgia (Atlanta), Mississippi (Meridian), South Carolina (Belton, Spartanburg), and North Carolina (Greensboro, Charlotte).
For more info: http://bit.ly/2cYg6Kb“
Many people in the area are are reporting gas outages, high prices and limits on how much you can buy.
State officials are also warning drivers to keep an eye out for price gouging. You can report suspected gouging HERE
Colonial Pipeline says it is beginning construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaking section of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama.
According to AL.com , Colonial gave no timetable Saturday as to when that bypass line would be completed or what path it would take.