The next time there’s a disaster, such as another Hurricane Katrina,
finding fuel in Illinois may be difficult.
The head of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that, rather
than face possible accusations of price gouging the next time there’s an
emergency, members of his association may just consider closing altogether.
William Fleischli, executive vice president
of the association, went on to say that, even though members of his association
recently signed an agreement with the Illinois attorney general promising not
to gouge in the future, those stations still claim they did nothing wrong in
the wake of Katrina.
The Post-Dispatch reported that Fleischli said that gas station owners
are worried they could be targeted again if a similar situation came along.
“What I’m afraid is going to happen is that, God forbid any
catastrophe, I believe my members are going to think very seriously about
closing their stores,” he said.
Fleischli said the station owners
didn’t make any money during the hurricanes last fall, and that the only reason
they stayed open was to service the public.