On March 22, gas at every station along Jackson’s main drag, Ky. 15, was priced at $1.99 per gallon when I went to work that morning. When I left for home, every station had raised its price to $2.09, with one exception: a station that was in the process of changing its prices.
The situation is pretty much the same in every small town or county seat in this region of the state. The price at every station in my hometown of Beattyville is exactly the same. All gas stations sell gas for the same price, or within a cent or two of each other. When one station raises its price, all the others follow suit within hours. No one is willing to sell gas significantly cheaper than his competitors do.
If our state’s new attorney general wants to really do something worthwhile for Kentuckians, he will investigate this obvious anti-competitive collusion in gasoline pricing by separate, independent dealers in individual localities.