Gas costs under the microscope
December 2, 2005
SUMMIT COUNTY – Are Summit County gas prices reasonable? Our Future Summit, a local public policy education organization, will look into the question when it hosts a panel forum on Thursday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco.The forum will seek answers about why the retail price of gasoline here is so expensive compared to what motorists routinely pay in adjacent mountain and Front Range communities. This issue has gained increasing public interest ever since State Rep. Gary Lindstrom (D-Breckenridge) requested that Colorado Attorney General John Suthers conduct an investigation into possible price gouging. Lindstrom’s request was turned down.Lindstrom’s presence on the panel is likely to engender lively debate. Joining him to examine the issue will be Stan Dempsey, Jr., president of the Colorado Petroleum Association, and Dennis Creamer, Suncor USA manager of stakeholder and legislative affairs. Suncor USA is the distributor of the Phillips 66 brand. “If there are legitimate reasons why gas prices are higher in Summit County, then it is important that we consumers understand those reasons,” said Our Future Summit president Howard Hallman. “If there is no good explanation, then we should expect local gas stations to lower their prices.”The forum will start at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive any time after 6:30 to enjoy complimentary refreshments. Our Future Summit is a nonpartisan organization formed by the citizens of Summit County, Colorado to identify concrete ways to improve life in the County by providing a voice for a wide range of ordinary citizens whose opinions may not otherwise be heard.