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MASONTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

I think it is terrible that the gas stations are raising prices so high in such a short period of time. The prices in my area rose 20 cents on the gallon yesterday. I know that every gas station in town did not get a new shipment of gas yesterday. They are taking advantage of the situation down south and price gouging. I realize that the president is supposed to release some oil from the US reserve sites but how quickly is this going to happen. Will it really help the consumers?

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Sparticus on 08/31/2005:
It is absolutely ridiculous how gas stations raise their price overnight on the news of a storm, but then take weeks to months to lower them again. I cannot wait for Hydrogen cell technology to catch up. Or any other alternative fuel solution.
Mad Eye Moody on 08/31/2005:
You have to understand how the oil industry works. They have to raise their prices. My advice would be to keep your tanks full; It's not inconceivable that certain stations (based on allocation) may go dry before this crisis is over.
Dr. Jeecheroo on 08/31/2005:
Here's a hint: walk, or ride a bike. Hell, a skooter may be nice.
Silent_Assassin on 08/31/2005:
its called price gouging and you should report them, they can be shut down and fined. its illegal.

I refuse to put more than 15-20 dollars in my tank. I work local so that still lasts me a week. why should I praise stations for price gouging? you all should do the same.
Anonymous on 08/31/2005:
Yeah but my oil stocks are going through the roof...Did a bit of profit taking today... But I guess that's wrong... I should have insisted my shares of COP be sold at last years prices. Oh well... I'm evil.
AZJEM on 08/31/2005:
Let's see DrJ, I live in a desert where today it's only 112. Most stores are spread pretty far apart. Though I don't want to support price gouging, I can hardly walk, or ride a bike to bring groceries home. Not everyone is in the same close vicinity as you and others.
AZJEM on 08/31/2005:
P.S. If you're going to take a skooter, Hell,try taking a scooter instead.
stratus99 on 09/01/2005:
Price gouging is now the favorite pastime of all gas conglomerates and their subsidiaries. The world will suffer the consequences of money grubbing OPEC nations because the world is afraid to tell them to shove their oil up their arses. Why not come up with an alternative to oil, the technology is there, oh wait, OPEC buys up all the alternatives and pays the inventors off to keep their ideas from reaching the public. Ah, conspiracy theories run rampant.
davie7 on 09/08/2005:
Greed. Oil companies been raising prices long before the hurricane. They always have an excuse.
There is oil reserves we can use. Also,as consumers we can do cut down on driving and car pooling. I know it's not always possible,but in many instances,it can help. Or find another vehicle that's better on gas mileage.
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