Here’s How to Report Price Gouging at the Gas Pump

A cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline forced a shutdown last week, sparking supply issues of gas in Hampton Roads.

The good news, Colonial Pipeline restarted pipeline operations around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, but according to Patrick De Haan of GasBuddy, we’re looking at about seven to 14 days of low supply. Experts are urging consumers to stay calm and not panic purchase.

In the meantime, if you think a business is price gouging the cost of fuel, you can file a Motor Fuels price gouging complaint with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of Weights and Measures or with the Office of the Attorney General at [email protected] or 800-552-9963.

According to WAVY News, Virginia officials say the basic test for price gouging is whether post-disaster prices charged “grossly” exceeds the same or similar goods or services within the same area compared to the 10 days immediately prior to the disaster.