Attorney General Still Considering What To Do Over Gas Gouging

Many angry consumers had the chance to explain what happened to them at the gas pump on Sept. 11th.

"The less expensive gas had a bag over it so I elected to go for the medium gas and it was, I'll be specific to their terms, 1.599999. I came back and it had gone up to $1.99"

Complaints of gas price gouging came from across the state and the nation that day. This public forum, hosted by Attorney General Mike Moore, was a chance for customers, suppliers and sellers in Mississippi to tell their side of the story.

Pascagoula's Chevron refinery did not raise prices. General Manager Norman Szydlowski said he didn't experience a disruption in supply that day so there was no reason to charge more.

"We determine as a company the price at the terminal loading rack on the basis of supply and demand and competition. The jobber sets the price of gasoline that they'll sell to the retail outlets and the service stations set the final retail price."

Many wholesalers said it was just a day of mass confusion and uncertainty.

"Here's a fax that came across; 'Due to the events on the World Trade Center, availability of product is undetermined'. Well you can imagine how unnerving it is for a small business to not be able to determine the cost of the product it's fixing to sell."

The attorney general said he's still deciding what kind of legal action to take. Moore said he'd like to find a way for all the customers who paid inflated prices to get their money back.