By Lisa Hydock
December 16, 2008
I agree with Mr. Vitorino. Although I have been going to the
Department of Energy website to file a complaint of price gouging
since September, it seems to have done very little to help Ketchikan
Recently, in a Sitnews article, an 'official' was attempting
to sell his expertise that basically since Alaska does not have
a price gouging law, there is nothing that we as citizens can
do about the price at the pump; that the gas stations can sell
fuel at whatever price they want to, even if they are purchasing
it at a much cheaper price than this time last year. What they're
paying per 'barrel' has nothing to do with how much they charge
at the pump. So, if this is the case, why do prices immediately
go up when the price per barrel goes up on the 'world wide market'?
Why don't prices go down in the same manner?
The gas stations in Ketchikan made an exorbitant profit when
the price per barrel was high - and they are continuing to profit
Folks down south have told
me they are paying as little as $1.48 per gallon. In the 20+
years I've been in Alaska I have never paid more than 50-60cents
higher than prices down south.
MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE FOR KETCHIKAN RESIDENTS TO GET FUEL AT
THE CHEAPEST PLACE IN TOWN, TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR LOWER PRICES.
THE LOWEST PRICE IN TOWN, THAT I KNOW OF, IS TATSUDA'S GAS AT
LAST - THEY'VE BEEN AT $3.39 FOR MORE THAN A MONTH...WHILE ALL
THE REST OF THE STATIONS ARE CHARGING $3.75, AND RECENTLY CAME
DOWN TO $3.49. It's still 10cents cheaper at Gas at Last. If
we STOP going to those that gouge (more so), maybe they'll take
Where I differ with Mr. Vitorino is that I do not believe Petro
Marine to be exonerated in this situation. After all, they are
still charging a ridiculous price per gallon for heating fuel.
(Nearly $800 to fill my heating fuel tank in November - a whopping
$3.65 per gallon for 208gal)
And to the Gas Stations of Ketchikan - Just because residents
were 'able' to pay $4+ per gallon, doesn't mean we weren't sacrificing
quite a lot in order to do so. The sacrifice was made in order
to get to work, and to purchase necessities such as food. Now
that we're getting winter weather, the sacrifices will have to
be even greater in order to heat our homes. Everyone who lives
in Southeast AK knows that the cost of living is higher, so we
adjust for it. Because we home school, we were able to reduce
our trips to town to approximately 1-2 times per week, for necessities.
All 'extras' such as swimming, working out, visiting friends,etc.
were cut from the budget - we opted for walking/biking/etc. Eating
out? Not happening.
My point is, the gas companies/stations are not only hurting
residents, but they are hurting small business owners as well
- Restaurants, grocery stores (not as many visits-cutting back
on non-essential items in order to pay for fuel), business supplies,
shopping in general, overal cost of operations for small businesses,
What's the point? Gas companies/Stations in Ketchikan couldn't
care less what it costs others in their home town, so long as
they get to line their pockets.
About: "20+ year resident
of Southeast Alaska Home School Mom of Four wonderful children;
Small business owner/operator"
Received December 14, 2008
- Published December 16, 2008
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