The Last Service Station, Part 2

As Big Oil forces out the last independent gas station dealers, the era of truly giant oil begins

The major oil companies mounted a campaign to have divorcement repealed in the 1985 session and eventually cut a deal with wholesale distributors who previously had favored it. The compromise was company support for passage of a bill that prohibits below-cost pricing, which the distributors wanted, in exchange for killing off divorcement.

Konski says the substitute hasn't worked as advertised, mirroring opinion in the six other states that have similar predatory pricing laws. “In my judgment it has been fairly ineffective,” he opines. “So far, there have been maybe four or five actions” in fifteen years.

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