Proos responds to Michigan gasoline emergency: Fill gas tanks, report price gouging

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — In the wake of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Tuesday declaration of an energy emergency due to concerns over tightening gasoline supplies, Sen. John Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan residents to ensure they have a full tank of gas heading into Memorial Day weekend.

“Michigan families and businesses alike depend on an adequate, reliable and affordable access to fuel,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I commend the governor for taking quick action to help safeguard residents and visitors from shortages. However, there are no guarantees, so I strongly encourage drivers to fill their tanks while they can just in case there are fuel disruptions.”

Executive Order 2016-10 was issued following the shutdown of a fuel pipeline in Wisconsin and an unplanned outage of the Marathon refinery in Detroit. The order will allow those transporting fuel to spend more hours on the road to ensure fuels are available during the holiday weekend.

The order suspends state and federal regulations concerning the hours-of-service for truck drivers transporting all transportation fuels within Michigan, enabling them to exceed the number of hours and consecutive days in which they can operate a commercial motor vehicle. It does not waive any environmental rules or alter commercial arrangements.

“Southwest Michigan residents and tourists should be proactive and get ready to enjoy a beautiful holiday weekend,” Proos said. “As we kick off the unofficial start to summer, we cannot allow our families and friends to be taken advantage of by artificially high gas prices. That is why I am also urging drivers to look out for the best price and to report suspected gas price gouging.”

According to GasBuddy.com, a website that tracks fuel prices, Michigan gas prices are currently at $2.53 a gallon. That is 18 cents cheaper than last year but 20 cents higher than last week.

Proos said that if consumers have evidence of a retailer charging a price grossly in excess of other retailers, they should contact the Michigan attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or file an online complaint at www.michigan.gov/ag.

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