Pittsburgh Area Continue To Pay Higher Prices At The Pump

The EPA has rejected an appeal to stop selling 'summer blend' gas early

Melinda Roeder
August 10, 2018 - 11:08 am
Gas Pump

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Drivers in the Pittsburgh area will continue to pay higher prices at the pump for a special blend of gasoline.

Often referred to as "summer gas", the blend is designed to curb smog pollution, but it costs about 9 cents a gallon more.

Regional gas stations are legally required to sell the blend until September 15th, when they can switch over to a winter mix.

Local gas retailers had hoped the mandate would be repealed next week, but the EPA is rejecting the repeal for now.

Don Bowers, Vice President of Countywide Petroleum, says summer gas puts local sellers at an unfair disadvantage.

If you got from Westmoreland County right over the boarder to the next county [Somerset] they don’t have it so their gasoline prices are anywhere from 12 to 20 to 30 cents less.”

Bowers adds the mandate, along with high state taxes, is costing Pennsylvanians a lot of money.

When someone goes into Ohio and fills up their tank they are not paying for the summer blend and PA’s taxes are one of the highest in the country.

The EPA will reconsider the mandate by next summer.

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