Attorney General Conway files motion against Marathon Oil for alleged price gouging

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Attorney General Jack Conway filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court Friday for a temporary injunction against Marathon Petroleum Company LLC.

Conway alleges that Marathon raised its wholesale prices of gas and other motor fuels across Kentucky during a time of emergency.

"I want to thank Kentuckians who called or emailed our office to report the drastic changes in gas prices that reached more than $4 a gallon at the pump in many communities," General Conway said. "Gas prices jumped about 30 cents overnight. The tips provided by consumers and retailers helped us bring this action that will hopefully provide some relief for Kentuckians who are struggling to put gas in the car and clean up after flooding."

The motion alleges that Marathon violated Kentucky's price-gouging statute that was triggered when Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency on April 26 in the wake of massive flooding.

"General Conway and I recognize the importance of protecting Kentucky consumers, particularly in the wake of recent devastating storms and floods," said Beshear. "I issued the price-gouging executive order precisely so our Kentucky families will be protected from attempts to profit from disaster. I fully support the attorney general's ongoing efforts to investigate instances of price gouging and bring offenders to justice."