Granholm Addresses Rumors of Gas Price Surge

Contact: Heidi Hansen 517-335-6397

July 19, 2005

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today issued the following statement on reports of unexplained surges in gas prices in a number of Michigan communities:

“At approximately 2:30 this afternoon, our office began receiving reports from outraged citizens across Michigan that gas prices had risen to well above $3.00 per gallon.  After consulting with local officials, it appears that these reports were not accurate.

“While there have been no credible reports of prices rising significantly, the speed with which this rumor spread should remind us all of the need for vigilance in our efforts to guarantee that consumers are protected. 

“Both this year and last, I asked the Department of Agriculture to conduct undercover investigations to ensure that gas pumps were accurate and that consumers were treated fairly.  Today, I have directed the Department of Agriculture to redouble their efforts to ensure that all consumers are protected.

“Consumers in Michigan can be assured that if anyone attempts to profit from today’s confusion, they will be identified and prosecuted.”

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, then-Attorney General Granholm prosecuted several service station owners who participated in price gouging.  The Governor reminded consumers today to remain vigilant in the face of fluctuating prices, and she encouraged citizens with concerns to register their complaints at 1-800-MDA-FUEL.

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