Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O’Clock
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — The recent gas shortage has everyone hitting the pumps and some have noticed a bump in the price too.
“It was disturbing this morning when I got a picture from a constituent of a particular gas station in Aiken with gas prices at 2.99 and a similar gas station in Aiken County at 1.99, that’s price gouging,” South Carolina Representative Bill Taylor said.
Taylor took to Facebook with the shocking price. But it did not just get his attention.
“They were saying to me that okay we understand if it’s 10 or 15 cents more, but when there’s a dollar jump that’s concerning and certainly brings the attention of the Attorney General’s office,” Taylor said.
It also got the Governor’s attention. Today Governor Nikki Haley said while states like Georgia and North Carolina have frozen gas prices to protect against price gouging she has no concerns.
“Because we’re not seeing those problems, what we did is I have aide inspectors on the ground, primarily looking at the borders to make sure we’re not seeing price gouging, we’ve only had one gas station in the state that looked like it was suspicious in nature,” Haley said.
Haley says the one gas station was dealt with intermediately, not saying if it was the same gas station on Price and Whiskey, but they are not worried about gas stations in South Carolina.
“And that’s the thing about South Carolina, I mean all of these small businesses,” Haley said, “they work hard, they want to take care of their businesses, so they don’t have that mentality of price gouging like you’re seeing in other states.”
Haley’s biggest point today was for people to fill up as they usually would, so the gas flow is not used up.