Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher implements provisions aimed at protecting Kentucky consumers from price gouging

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 31, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Gas cannot be sold grossly in excess of price prior to executive order

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher signed an executive order today declaring a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Under this order, the Governor can implement Chapter 267 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes to implement provisions of the law aimed at protecting Kentucky consumers from price gouging.

“We have sufficient fuel supplies for the short term, and if we can get everything back online in a reasonable amount of time, our supply will be OK,” said Jason Bentley, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy. “In the meantime, this order will help protect consumers from those who may try to take advantage of these difficult times.”

Under the order, no persons defined within the statute may sell or offer to sell gasoline at a price grossly in excess of the price prior to the order. The order allows those who violate the provisions of KRS 367.372 to be penalized.