Price gouging law in place as NC gas prices expected to rise

FILE - In this Thursday, July 16, 2015, file photo, a customer re-fuels her car at a Costco in Robinson Township, Pa. The plunging price of oil in 2016 is dragging stock markets to their worst start to a year ever, even though low fuel prices are great for consumers and most companies. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, July 16, 2015, file photo, a customer re-fuels her car at a Costco in Robinson Township, Pa. The plunging price of oil in 2016 is dragging stock markets to their worst start to a year ever, even though low fuel prices are great for consumers and most companies. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The North Carolina price gouging law is now in place as gas prices statewide are expected to rise anywhere between 5 and 20 cents over the coming days.

The rise is due to a pipe leak in Alabama that carries gas to states up and down the east coast. The Colonial Pipeline Company is working to fix the pipe, but until then, prices could soar.

gas In the East, signs have already been posted at some gas stations.

On Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed an executive order to help ensure there was an adequate supply of fuel across the state.

In a statement, he said, “This executive order will help protect our motorists from excessive gas prices and ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel that is essential for the health, safety and economic well-being of businesses, consumers and visitors in North Carolina.”

Late Friday night, two Sheetz locations in High Point and Greensboro had to close their pumps after running out of gas.

The Department of Justice said if you see abnormally high prices for gas at a particular gas station, you should contact them. For more information, click here.

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