Writer passes gas about pump prices

Gas prices cause Alberni letter writer to sound off.

To the Editor,

Is it just me or are we being gouged (again) at the pumps” We are paying $129.9 here in Port and yet when are kids flew out of Comox Sunday they tanked up their rental car for $109.9 in Courtenay. That’s 20 cents a litre difference! Do the math.

And was it only me that was embarrassed at Salmon Fest when our gas jumped to $134.9? Hello, tourists.

All summer when oil per barrel was at or below 80 dollars did you see our prices drop? The excuse from the gas stations is they have to charge what it costs them to fill their tanks. So all the gas stations in town ran out at exactly the same time and used exactly the same distributor so that they could all raise prices exactly at the same time overnight? Amazing.

Life (for the rich?) is so full of these amazing coincidences.

FYI my husband  read that only 15 per cent per barrel is used for gasoline so again at $129.9 per litre, some people made a pretty penny this summer.

“Head shake”, as my son would say.

And regarding the air quality commission, please don’t tell me we need yet another expensive committee/study to tell us what we already know: that burning tires is unacceptable. And did anyone sniff the air that  hung in our Valley when the slash burning was going on?

Are these are the same people who tell me I’d better do my part and switch my woodstove to a better one and stop all my backyard campfires? Bigger head shake.

Ruth John,

Port Alberni

(Editor’s note: Gas prices in the Comox Valley are so much lower because a community-based gas war is ongoing. When Costco moved into town last spring, they were selling gas at less than a dollar per litre and other gas stations lowered their prices as well.)

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