Mayor upset over higher gas prices

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Chatham-Kent’s mayor is looking for answers as local residents continue to pay higher prices at the pumps.

Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff called on the Federal Competition Bureau and the Canadian Fuels Association to examine the price of gas in Chatham.

According to Gasbuddy.com on July 14, most prices in Chatham were around 186.6/litre, compared to around 176/litre in Windsor.

“We’re all aware of the volatile nature of the oil industry at present but that doesn’t explain why prices in the community of Chatham are often 10 cents a litre or more higher than prices in any other part of Chatham-Kent or surrounding communities,” Canniff said.

According to The Canadian Automobile Association, several factors affect the price at the pump, including supply and demand, crude oil prices, the cost of refining crude, taxes, and the local market.

The CAA said retail margin varies according to the size of the town or city based on information provided by GasBuddy.

Canniff said he hopes bringing public attention to the situation will be enough to get prices in line with other communities.

“I’m not expecting a full investigation, but the broader community needs to know that Chatham residents are being subjected to higher than necessary prices. At a time of growing inflation, our residents don’t need this added burden.”

While Canniff said he doesn’t have any power over gas prices as the mayor, he added the municipality has been reaching out to whoever will listen in the provincial and federal government to get the prices at the pump in Chatham-Kent more in line with those in the surrounding communities.

CAA data showed that gas prices in Sarnia dropped from an average of $1.87 per litre last week. The average price in Sarnia last month was $2.09.

In Windsor, the average price of gas was $1.90 last week, but it was $2.11 last month.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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