Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok. (File)

Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok. (File)

MLA Clovechok urging government to explain Revelstoke’s high gas prices

He has sent a letter to minister of energy

MLA Doug Clovechok is demanding answers from the B.C. government regarding gas prices.

He said the Columbia River-Revelstoke district is seeing unusual fluctuation in gas prices compared to the rest of B.C.

For example, in Invermere, there is a $0.49 difference between regular and premium gas at the same gas station. On top of this, gas prices at different stations within the town can vary up to eight cents a litre.

On April 3 in Revelstoke, regular gas costs up to $1.09 per litre. Yet, just 70 km away in Sicamous, gas is $0.87 per litre.

READ MORE: One Revelstoke gas station breaks the dollar barrier; others still at $1.17

READ MORE: Gas prices in Revelstoke one of highest in province

Clovechok wants to know why the prices differ.

“It’s truly a mystery,” he said in a prior interview with Black Press .

Last month, Clovechock said he has heard from colleagues that it could be due to price wars or inventory, i.e. the prices in Revelstoke has not dropped yet because the gas stations need to sell their product depending on what price they bought it, which means when they buy gas again at a lower price and those cost savings will be passed onto the consumer.

“These are stark differences, and my constituents are left without answers as to why these fluctuations exist,” write Clovechok in a recent letter to the Bruce Ralston, minister of energy.

As-of-today, Western Canada Select the bench mark for Alberta oil producers, is selling at less than $10 per barrel. A far cry from the record high price of $115 per barrel in 2008.

According to the GasBuddy app, one of the lowest prices in Canada as-of-April 3 is $0.44 per litre in Walsh, Alberta.

READ MORE: Economist: Gas prices will increase with Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Last November, the province passed a bill called the Fuel Price Transparency Act, which aimed to provide answers to British Columbians about gas prices. The bill was developed in response to the BC Utility Commission’s investigation that found an unexplained 10 to 13 cent-per-litre premium charged at pumps in B.C.

Clovechok would like to know what the B.C. government is doing to investigate the current gas price fluctuations. He furthered that since gas prices are unfairly impacting British Columbians during the COVID-19 crisis, Clovechok would like to know if the provincial government will use emergency measures to regulate prices during the pandemic.


 

@RevelstokeRevue
editor@revelstoketimesreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Gas prices

Just Posted

Michelle Jacobs receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 28, 2021. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
126 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

There are 22 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, and 13 in intensive care

Vernon local Ryan Lazar – who specializes in 2D background design and 3D animation – is ready to start his career after a tough yet rewarding two years of studies. (Contributed)
Okanagan College students get animated at graduation

‘The pandemic has resulted in more video consumption and the animation industry is so hot right now because of it’

There were questions raised as to whether or not this structure actually cost less than $100,000. Scott Robertson, owner of Absolute Contracting and partial owner for Arrowtec, said the building is meant to be
temporary as two or three years down the road, his company’s intent is develop houses on the property in line with the land use designated to the property in the Official Community Plan, which is T4–walk up residential. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)
‘This is failure’: Construction noise frustrates neighbours on Victoria Rd. E

The city and business are trying to reduce noise, but residents want the project gone

Eric Schwenck was awarded the Train-to-Train Coach Goldie award by BC Alpine this year. He coached the Revelstoke Ski Club U14s last winter. (Katie Findlay photo)
Revelstoke Ski Club coach and volunteer recognized in the Goldie Awards

BC Alpine recognizes ski clubs, skiers and volunteers with awards every year

Moving the old jail from Third Street West to Carlson Street in May 1971. (Estelle Dickey photo; Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 9171)
Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for May 13

Local history as recorded by the newspaper of the day

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

Barriere RCMP nabbed two suspects who were allegedly breaking into cabins in McLure. (File photo)
Thieves nabbed by Barriere Mounties during McLure break-ins

Police Service Dog Kody instrumental in making the arrest

(File photo)
Repeated cougar sighting on Okanagan Rail Trail

Plenty of bear sightings around the valley too

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays below 500 a day over weekend

14 more deaths, down to 350 in hospital as of Monday

Royal Bay Secondary School’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized shortly after being painted but by Monday, coincidentally the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the crosswalk had been cleaned up and students had surrounded it with chalk messages of support and celebration. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C. high’s school’s pride crosswalk restored following ‘hateful’ graffiti attack

Hate terms, racial slur, phallic images spray-painted at Greater Victoria high school

RCMP vest
Penticton beach brawl results in one arrest but no charges

People took to social media after a fight broke out at the fire pits at Okanagan Lake Saturday

Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Family identifies Ucluelet man as victim of Vancouver Island homicide

Terrance Mack being remembered as ‘kind, gentle’ man

A single motorcycle parked outside of the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street on July 9, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna Hells Angels prospect sentenced to 9 months in jail for aggravated assault

Colin Michael Bayley pleaded guilty to the downtown Kelowna assault earlier this month

Most Read