Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners urge motorists, gas retailers to use restraint

Thursday, September 22nd 2005, 8:33 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's Corporation Commissioners are urging Oklahoma motorists not to panic-buy gasoline, a move they say may cause a gas shortage in the state.

Commissioner Jeff Cloud says buying gasoline more often or in greater amounts than normal may cause gas stations to run through their supply more quickly than planned.

He says similar shortages resulted after Hurricane Katrina and following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

Commissioner Bob Anthony says Oklahomans will be protected from price gouging to the fullest extent of the law. Because of a declared state of emergency in Oklahoma, the state's price gouging law is in effect, and Anthony says fuel inspectors are out in full force.