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Gas prices rise as Isaac moves through Gulf

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ATLANTA -

GGas prices in Atlanta continue to go up as oil companies evacuate crews from drilling platforms in the Gulf because of Isaac.
    
The state is hearing complaints from consumers about the high cost of gasoline. The state says they are monitoring those reports, and will investigate if it becomes necessary.

The average price of regular gas was up 4 cents on Tuesday, rising to $3.84 a gallon in the metro area. The lowest prices were reportedly in Paulding and Henry counties, while the highest prices were in Marietta and Buckhead at $4.19 and $4.09, respectively.

While Isaac may not damage Gulf drilling platforms and refineries, power outages could cause production problems, putting more pressure on prices.

The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection says as the situation with gas supplies and prices worsen, the governor could order the agency to investigate prices.

In the meantime, John Sours of the GOCP says consumers should be shopping for the lowest prices on websites and elsewhere.

"I think the compiling and exchanging of information about prices becomes even more important in times like these, because even though they are increasing generally, the rate of increase and the absolute amount of the price varies considerably from outlet to outlet, even in the same geographic area. So people need to be informed about those things and take a little extra to figure that out," said Sours.

A spokesman for a pipeline company that brings millions of gallons of gasoline into the metro area says that pipeline systems continue to operate normally. Typically, cities like Atlanta have a four to five day supply of gasoline on hand.

The system uses new backup generators along the pipeline route.

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