Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 2, 2014

Gasoline prices too high in Mercer


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — The motorists in Mercer County are getting ripped off either by our local suppliers of gasoline and/or the merchants who sell gasoline. Recently, I took a trip to Wheeling. Gasoline at the travel plazas on the turnpike was exactly the same price as it is here in Princeton.

While driving on I-77, gas prices were cheaper in Charleston, Parkersburg and at every other station all the way up to Wheeling.

Why are motorists in Mercer County paying some of the highest prices in the state? With our close proximity to Bluefield, Va., one would think that gas would be cheaper, not more expensive. Drivers who cross the border into Virginia can expect to save at least 20 cents per gallon. It is a travesty that residents in Mercer County are paying some of the highest prices for gasoline in the entire state.

According to AAA, gasoline prices are dropping throughout the state. Well, everywhere but here in Mercer County. It is time for the residents of our county to speak out about this issue. I urge everyone to demand an explanation as to why we are having to pay such high prices for gasoline. Enough is enough.

Tim Snead

Princeton