Arkansas Business has been updating its story on the state of emergency Gov. Beebe imposed earlier today to fend off gas gouging. Apparently, a little hell is breaking loose:
At 2:24 p.m. Friday, 25 vehicles were waiting to pull into the Mapco service station at the corner of W. 12th Street and Fair Park Boulevard to get gasoline. The vehicles were backed out into 12th Street. Regular gasoline there was selling for $3.51 per gallon, but a Mapco attendant said the station was preparing to raise the price to $3.75.
We filled up yesterday, thank goodness.
UPDATE FROM MAX IN THE EASY-TO-KIBBITZ LOCATION OF NEW YORK (Although people are lining up for gas here, too, in a frenzy to save 25 cents a gallon on gas): Can you say hysteria?
UPDATE II: Word is that McDaniel will issue subpoenas to Jonesboro convenience stores in his investigation of their price gouging. Story tomorrow in Jonesboro Sun.
UPDATE III: Dem Party capitalizes on the hysteria by praising Beebe and McDaniel. On the jump.
E-MAIL TONIGHT FROM ARK. DEMOCRATIC PARTY
As Hurricane Ike makes landfall and works its way North, the Democratic Party of Arkansas reminds you to stay safe this weekend.
We thank Governor Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for their visionary leadership and quick response to Hurricane Ike and the potential problems involved with the gasoline supply.
It is comforting to have leaders who guard the interests of the citizens of Arkansas.
Please see their public statements below.
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE
LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency in Arkansas because of gasoline-supply interruptions in relation to Hurricane Ike.
Some pipelines that route gasoline to fuel wholesalers and gas stations in Arkansas have been shut down until Ike is no longer a threat to the Gulf Coast. As a result, some temporary increases in gas prices are expected during the next few days. However, Attorney General McDaniel has vowed to go after anyone who tries to profit illicitly from the situation through price gouging. Governor Beebe fully supports McDaniel's efforts, and made this declaration to help the Attorney General's Office pursue anyone who participates in gouging of any sort.
"We have dealt with emergencies before when severe weather has impacted fuel prices in Arkansas and throughout the region," Governor Beebe said. "This situation is unique with the interruption of pipeline service, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that any price gouging that results can be dealt with swiftly and strongly by the Attorney General."
Governor Beebe's office and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management are continuing to monitor any direct impact that Hurricane Ike may have on Arkansas. Winds and rain from the weakened storm are expected to arrive in the State over the weekend.
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL DUSTIN MCDANIEL
LITTLE ROCK- Hurricane Ike is approaching the Texas coastline today, and threatening both oil refinery capacity and gasoline supply lines into Arkansas. As a result both rumors and accurate accounts of gas price increases are flooding the Attorney General's office.
Today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asks Arkansans to send his office documentation of price gouging if they see it in their hometown. The office has received numerous calls and emails in the past 24 hours from citizens who are concerned about a sudden hike in the price of gas at the pump.
McDaniel encourages citizens to use their cell phone cameras and document evidence of what they believe to be price gouging and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, text a picture to 501-539-0969, or they can call 800-482-8982.