Hearing On Gas Price Gouging Complaint Set In Frankfort

A hearing on alleged gasoline price gouging in Kentucky by Marathon Petroleum resumes Thursday morning in Frankfort.

Attorney General Jack Conway says Marathon Petroleum has been illegally jacking up gasoline prices during a state of emergency. The company strongly denies it, and both sides are preparing to present expert witnesses in Franklin Circuit Court. Conway plans to seek a restraining order against Marathon.

“We have information from a confidential informant about the way Marathon is pricing this and what they’re doing to some of the local retailers. We’ll present that evidence and hopefully, the judge will agree with us,” he said.

Four years ago, the state sued Marathon for alleged price gouging in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. That case is still making its way through the judicial system.

Published by Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.