Texas reaches settlement over Hurricane Harvey gasoline price gouging

The state of Texas has reached a $166,592 settlement with dozens of gas stations that charged $4 gas following Hurricane Harvey.

It means customers who paid $3.99 per gallon or more can claim restitution from 48 gas stations including 42 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The settlements were reached by the state’s Consumer Protection Division according to Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“At the outset of Harvey, I made it clear that my office would not tolerate price gouging of Texans by anyone looking to profit from the hurricane,” Paxton said in a written statement.

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster as the hurricane neared the coast last August and the declaration made price gouging temporarily illegal.

Texans have until Sept. 10 to submit claim forms with or without receipts if they believe they were gouged.