Allegheny County Drivers Could Be Paying More At The Pump Soon

Surrounding counties will end summer blend gas a month earlier

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PITTSBURGH (News Radio 1020 KDKA) - Gas prices could rise even higher for Allegheny County drivers during the last month of summer.

The counties surrounding Allegheny have gotten the go ahead from the EPA to eliminate summer blend gasoline one month earlier than in the past. 

The Allegheny Health Department has to file a separate request to the EPA and DEP that would most likely be approved but they have yet to file. 

This could cause Allegheny drivers to pay a higher price at the pump starting August 14th, not only because surrounding counties would be using a cheaper gas but the summer blend would have to be stored separately making it more expensive. 

Don Bowers, Vice President of Countywide Petroleum tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News that there could be at 17-50 cents difference between Allegheny and the surrounding counties. 

Bowers said, “Once Allegheny becomes the only county using the summer blend it is going to become a nightmare even though it will last a month.”

Bowes added that it seems unlikely that Allegheny will get the approval before the end of the summer so there may be some time where we see prices really spike.

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