Conway Alleges Marathon Petroleum Guilty Of Price Gouging

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is accusing Marathon Petroleum Company of price gouging. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has details of Conway's latest court filing in Frankfort.

In a motion filed in Franklin Circuit Court, Attorney General Jack Conway alleges Marathon Petroleum illegally raised the prices of gasoline during a time of emergency. Spokesperson Allison Martin says Conway believes Marathon has illegally raised gas prices since Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency on April 26th.

"People cannot raise the price of staples - goods like gasoline, hotel rooms, construction supplies, anything like that - during an emergency unless there has been a rise in costs to the supplier."

Martin says Marathon's recent price increases were unsupported by any cost increases. There was no immediate response from Marathon to the legal action, but a hearing is set for Monday morning in Franklin Circuit Court.