Ohio Attorney General sends warning about propane gouging

EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s now been more than two weeks since Governor John Kasich issued an emergency declaration in response to a propane shortage in the state.

It was intended to expedite shipments of propane gas and help ease a shortage brought on by the recent cold spell.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says there are still people across the state running low.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was in the Miami Valley Monday and says his office is actively monitoring propane prices and shortages.

“Probably the biggest problem is people not being able to get propane.  You know, if you live in a rural area and you heat with propane and you’re now down to 10% in your tank,  you’re scared to death about what’s going to happen,” explains DeWine.

He says price gouging is also a concern and plans to work with neighboring companies to look for possible anti-competitive sales practices.

“One of the things that we will do if people call our office, we can try to be of assistance with the company to help get them that propane,” comments DeWine.

Consumers who suspect price gouging or other unfair business practices are asked to contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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