MARQUETTE – Attorney General Bill Schuette issued investigative subpoenas last week involving possible price gouging on propane when supplies were low in January. A target in the investigation is Ferrellgas.
“We’ve had double the number of complaints with Farrellgas,” Schuette said. “So I’ve issued investigative subpoenas to get a thorough and exhaustive investigation about this propane price gouging issue because when people expect to have their tanks filled at $3.15 and got a bill for $8.50, something’s wrong.”
The high cost of propane caused major problems for homeowners across the Upper Peninsula this winter when temperatures were consistently below zero. Schuette says they will be examining company records, financial books and how business was being conducted.
“The message here that we are sending to both consumers and companies alike is that we are going to be on the side of consumers. We are not going to put up with people gouging,” he said.
Schuette was in the Upper Peninsula Thursday to announce his intention to run for re-election. It was part of a 4-day 25 stop statewide tour that was suppose to include Escanaba but was cancelled because of snow. Schuette visited Sault Ste. Marie Thursday and attended a Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Marquette.