Locals approve Beshear's declaration

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By Kelly Richardson



ELIZABETHTOWN — Gov. Steve Beshear ordered a state of emergency for Kentucky on Friday to prevent price gouging of gasoline across the state. Local city council candidates, who earlier in the month wrote a letter to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway asking him to focus on Elizabethtown prices, felt this was a step in the right direction.

Beshear’s declaration allows Conway to investigate and prosecute those who sell gasoline for predatory pricing in time of a disaster, which would include Hurricane Ike.

“I am outraged by the voracious practices of price gouging we are seeing,” Beshear said. “Today, I have taken an extraordinary step to protect the consumers of the commonwealth from these predators.”

Bill Bennett, one of three city council candidates who wrote the letter, said he felt Beshear’s actions were appropriate.

“This is certainly not something we should tolerate,” Bennett said.

Matt Wyatt, another of the three, said he was glad to see Beshear step up and question prices around the state, which recently have risen above $4 in some areas.

“I feel very hopeful,” Wyatt said.

Steve Atcher, who also helped pen the letter to Conway, said people need a break on gas prices.

“The gasoline price spike is a disturbing development, and our families and businesses need relief from high fuel prices,” he said in an e-mail.

Bennett and Wyatt both said that a look still needs to be taken at Elizabethtown prices, as they requested in their letter. Bennett said they have watched local prices, and feel prices are being manipulated.

Beshear and Conway had begun an investigation into Louisville prices earlier in the summer, and Bennett, Atcher and Wyatt wanted something similar in Elizabethtown.

People can report high gas prices to Conway at gasprice


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