Gas price investigation strikes again

(WEAU) - Why gas prices are so high in Eau Claire has always been a mystery, but David Duax has finally had enough and is proposing another study.

"I think its going to help provide some answers because quite frankly after the study from justice department, we were left with no answers and no real remedies," said City Council member, David Duax.

Duax has two professors from UW-Eau Claire helping to conduct the study, Dr. Ryan Weichelt of Geography and Anthropology and Dr. Laura Middlesworth of economics.

"Some kind of spatial analysis would tell us where the pricing is throughout Wisconsin in the upper Midwest and how we compare to that," said Duax.

The professors plan to do the study for free and recruit students to help.

"The number one most important thing is to help students make connections between what their learning in the classroom and what's going on in the real world," said Economics professor, Laura Middlesworth.

The group plans to propose the study to the Fiscal Advisory Committee on Wednesday.

Meanwhile drivers feel that the study will be a good idea, because they're sick and tired of having to pay.

"Every time you stop at the gas pump it certainly is a painful experience, yea that sounds like a good idea to me," said driver, Wally Lafrancis.

"I really hope they come up with something to get it lowered because it really hurts the economy and tourism and everything else," said Mary Jo Rathke.

The data analysis should begin over the summer and have a report ready by fall.

“When you have to, like I said, sell your soul to fill your gas tank it's pretty sad,” said Rathke.


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  • by steve Location: chip on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    Dave, the conspritators raised the price a nickle again today, hurry up with that study.
  • by me Location: here on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM
    Its a free market. Let them charge what they want. That is how capitalism works. Shut up and pay for it or don't buy it. But don't complain that the government should stay out of capital affairs and then complain about gas prices. You can't have it both ways.
  • by pilot39 on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    Let's not forget Obama's energy czar (Chu)made the statement that our fuel prices should match the European prices or about $9 per gallon. By the way, he doesn't own a car. As I understand it, part of the problem is our dollar is weak because on the high national debt and oil is bought and sold on the futures market rather than the buyers actually 'owning it in hand'. Compressed natural gas seems like a good 'alternative energy source' to me but not much movement in that field. Contrary to popular belief you can't run your car, bus or 18 wheeler on wind power (unless it's on hot air from Washington). I blame both parties for not getting a decent energy policy but there has to be some leadership and I haven't seen any yet. The Keystone pipeline would be a good start.
  • by ec on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    I travel all around the state and USUALLY Eau Claire is at least 5cents to 10cents more expensive. I never get gas in Eau Claire, I always wait until I am out of town,, even Osseo is usally at least 5 cents cheaper. maybe last weekend this wasnt the case, but I know it is always always always higher in Eau Claire. maybe look into who is controlling the price here???
  • by Jed on Mar 11, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    I was in Hayward today and the gas is just as much up there as it is in Eau Claire so I guess that just shows that Eau Claire isn't the only ones paying high gas price. If you want to investigate do it for the state not just one area.
  • by Ray Location: C.F. on Mar 11, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    Why just E.C.? The gas prices NEED to be investigated in the WHOLE Northern half of WI. Gas is roughly 15 to 25 cents cheaper per gallon in the Southern part of the State. The further South you go (toward the IL border) the cheaper the gas gets. Why is this? Also, in MN, in certain towns, gas is 25 to 35 cents cheaper per gallon. I noticed along the MN/WI border though, gas is still ex$pen$ive. Let's get it together WI.
    • reply
      by No WI Resident on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM in reply to Ray
      MN doesn't have the taxes on gas that WI has so they are always much cheaper.
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        by RJ on Mar 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM in reply to No WI Resident
        I believe Minnesota's tax is only 6 cents less than WI.
  • by steve Location: chip on Mar 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    I think we need to have a study into why Duax continues to insist on studies. It is simple. Free enterprise. Maybe the city should open a gas station. Dave, you could charge 2.00 a gallon and then subsidize the station with tax dollars. Just leave it alone its bigger than the poor local station owner.
  • by maynard Location: this area on Mar 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    Check into how the gas companies rate the population between Chippewa and Eau Claire. These cities should not be combined in population. This is what is wrong on how they judge what you pay at the pump. The gas cartel around here figured this way these suppliers can rip people off at the pump and the state investigators can,t see anything wrong with what these companies do or how they set the prices at the pump. The best way to combat this would be go for a drive with your family to another town 50-60 miles from this area and buy you fuel, boycott this area, you have to hit them in the pocketbook. Until this is done these studies will not matter and things will stay the same
  • by Karen Location: Eau Claire on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    The prices have changes 3 times in one week! Always started by one specific brand. That's not due to the crude price.
  • by todd Location: ec on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    When China is willing to pay a premium for oil, and take all they can get - it makes the price increase world wide. The US is exporting oil rather than refining it. Thus no overstock of refined product so the price will stay as is. Also everyone must remember that in WI we pay $.52/gal tax (between State & Fed)
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      by Susan on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM in reply to todd
      Actually the US is not exporting Oil. The US is exporting refined products such as Gas or Diesel. This is because we now have an over capacity of refiners. This over capacity is caused by an approx 13 % drop in consumption over the last few years. Are we supposed to be mad that refiners are trying to use their facilities they've invested in & run them at capacity? Sounds like jobs for Americans to me.
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