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UPDATE 1-South Florida consumers complain of high Chevron fuel prices -AG

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Sept 7 (Reuters) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said on Thursday her office had received 45 complaints of inflated prices at Chevron Corp gasoline stations in the southern part of the state where consumers are bracing for Hurricane Irma.

Expressing concern the company may be price gouging, Bondi said: "You cannot inflate prices during a time of a hurricane for essential commodities -- food, water, fuel, etcetera."

"So Chevron, if you're watching me right now, you need to call us and tell us why your prices are inflated in South Florida, because in Tallahassee they're not, in Tampa they're not, in South Florida they're high and there's no excuse for that," Bondi told Fox News channel.

Chevron declined to comment beyond a tweet it had sent earlier in the week.

"We do not condone unlawful price gouging at independently owned Chevron & Texaco stations," the company said on Tuesday on its official Twitter account. (Reporting by Ernest Scheyder in Houston and Tim Ahmann in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio)