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Propane Prices Spike
ARCANUM -- The Ohio Attorney General is investigating dozens of complaints of possible propane price gouging.
Retiree Kenneth Cates heats his Arcanum home with propane. He had his tank filled Thursday and it cost $1,100, which is three times as much as usual.
"You just have to grin and bear it and go on," he said.
Cates says his bill has never been this high. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says dozens of propane customers are complaining about the same issues.
"We do know this horrible shortage is causing everyone a problem," DeWine said.
But right now it's difficult to tell if the propane price hike is because of increased demand due to the unusually harsh winter.
"I've seen some bad winters in my time, but this is the worst with the cold just staying and staying. It's costing us all," Cates said.
"If everybody's price goes up, it's going to be very hard to prove a violation of the law," DeWine said.
However, if just one company has significantly higher prices than other suppliers, that's considered price gouging.
If you suspect propane price gouging, the Attorney General's Office has set up a hotline: 800-282-0515.
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