Eric Yetzer: Gas-price blues |

Eric Yetzer: Gas-price blues

Eric Yetzer

Firstly, I would like to thank the local gas stations for lowering the price of gas. Thank you. But what I still don’t understand is why Summit County is continually higher than most other parts of the state. Sure, we have all heard the excuse “that transportation costs to bring the fuel from Denver drive up the price,” which I can accept to an extent. Well, after doing a little research, I have discovered that gas in Grand Junction is much cheaper. As of Oct 9, the lowest price was $3.35 per gallon and the lowest in Breckenridge (where I usually buy my fuel) was $3.59 per gallon. Hmm, almost a quarter less per gallon.

This got me to thinking, again. OK, maybe the stores in Grand Junction don’t receive their supply from the Front Range and get it from the Western Slope instead. That would certainly make sense. However, after more thought on my part, I decided to contact a couple of “chain” stations in Grand Junction to see exactly where they get their gas from. Here is the kicker: The corporate offices from both stated that their fuel comes from Denver. I understand that we live in a free market and stations can charge whatever they desire. Personally, I consider this gouging the consumer in every sense. Oh, and the price of gas in Denver today: $3.19 per gallon.

Editor’s note: Local station owners in past stories have also pointed to the increased cost of doing business in the mountains ” from rent and wages to snow plowing and heating ” as reasons for higher gas prices.

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