Tahlequah Daily Press

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August 15, 2011

Gas-gouging seen?

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

I just checked out gas prices here in Tahlequah and find that costs at local stations run from $3.599 to $3.659 per gallon. I was in Tulsa yesterday and paid $3.349 per gallon.

Is anyone other than me noting that gasoline here in Tahlequah is, and has been for the last year, running $.25 to $.35 per gallon more here in town than in Tulsa (and, in some instances, Muskogee)? I am flat-out accusing local station owners of collusion and conspiring to fix prices at artificially high prices that are totally unjustified.

A year ago, the cost of oil was around $80 per barrel and gasoline was selling at $2.50 per gallon. Currently, the price of a barrel of oil is back to $80, but the cost of a gallon of gas here in Tahlequah is more than $1 per gallon higher. Why? Isn’t it high time we insist on local station owners coming forward and identifying themselves and explaining these huge gas price discrepancies?

I think they owe the residents of Tahlequah a reasonable explanation, and in the absence of such an explanation, we should (whenever and wherever possible) engage in a boycott of their businesses until such time as they get their prices in line.

Jay Foster


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