North Texas gas station forced to pay customers for overcharging during Hurricane Harvey

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The state of Texas has come to an agreement with a gas station in Fort Worth regarding price gouging claims during Hurricane Harvey. 

In an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance filed Friday in Travis County, Khalid Abdulhaq, owner of the Meadowbrook Texaco, agreed to repay customers for the overcharge. According to records, the gas station was charging $3.99 per gallon or more on Aug. 31, 2017.  

During that week, cities across Texas were experiencing long lines at gas stations due to a consumer-fueled “fuel shortage.” 

The state says by issuing refunds, the gas station owner won’t be violating the law or regulation. 

The state took action against the gas station because during the disaster declaration during Hurricane Harvey, the Texaco was accused of having gas prices at 125 percent or greater than its 30-day average price prior to the disaster.

In October, the state’s Attorney General’s Office sent formal violation letters to 127 gas stations accused of price gouging during the time Harvey hit. While most of the gas stations were in the DFW area, there were two in the Austin area. 

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