December 10, 2012
Gas prices in northwestern Vermont are significantly more expensive than in the rest of the state and the country. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in northwestern Vermont on Monday was $3.65 – 31 cents more a gallon than the national average, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Statewide, the average price this morning was $3.60 a gallon, or 26 cents a gallon more than the U.S. average. In one recent period from mid-September through October, northwestern Vermont was one of the 10 most lucrative markets to sell gas in the 13-state northeastern region of the United States, according to the Oil Price Information Service, one of the leading national organizations that track fuel prices. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday announced a new webpage to help Vermont consumers track gasoline prices.
Sanders also said he plans to work with Vermont state lawmakers to hold hearings and draft state legislation to counter unusually high gas prices in northwestern Vermont. “We are in the midst of a terrible recession and many working families who drive long distances to and from work are hurting. Gas station owners have a right to make a profit, but they don't have a right to rip people off,” Sanders said.
In addition to highlighting the best pump prices for gas in Vermont, Sanders’ webpage, explains how prices are set by tracking wholesale gas prices, profit margins, taxes and transportation costs for fuel haulers.