DATE: September 13, 2008
TO: Interested Media
FROM: Erin Isaac, Governor’s Communications Director
RE: Florida's Fuel Supply and Gas Prices
Governor Charlie Crist today held a press conference about Florida's fuel supply and gas prices. Below is info he provided to the media:
It is important for the people of Florida to know that Florida is fortunate to receive our gas supply by ships through our coastal ports.
Our East and West Coast ports are open, operating, and receiving petroleum.
Furthermore, the state’s reserves are more than adequate to meet the state supply. Gas stations continue to receive supplies of fuel.
Major fuel companies continue to deliver millions gallons of gasoline and diesel to retailers and communities across the state. We are working to ensure that there is fuel to meet current consumer needs.
We are coordinating with the petroleum industry and representatives from the Florida Petroleum Council and Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. Our supply is good, based on the projected demand from consumers. If stations do not have fuel, it is not due to the lack of supply, but because of a temporary increase in demand.
Governor Crist urges all Floridians to report suspected cases of price gouging Floridians can call 1-800-HELP-FLA or 1-866-966-7226.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, there are currently 98 price gouging complaints, with more than half from the Tallahassee area. Governor Crist is working with Attorney General Bill McCollum and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson to ensure swift and appropriate action is taken against all price gougers.