Lawmakers pushing for cheaper gas prices in region
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Gasoline in the Pittsburgh area could get a little cheaper under a measure approved in the state Senate on Wednesday.
The legislation, sponsored by Republican Sen. Elder Vogel of Beaver and Sen. Tim Solobay of Canonsburg, would repeal a requirement that motorists in seven Western Pennsylvania counties use a costlier, cleaner-burning fuel blend from May 1 through Sept. 15.
The counties affected by the special fuel requirement are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland.
The regulation has been in place since 2000 to address the region's history of air pollution. Federal waivers have been required in the past when alternative fuel has been in short supply.
The bill's sponsors cited the recent closing of several oil refineries, as well as tougher emissions regulations now in place for vehicles, as reasons for reversing the fuel standard.
"With fuel prices already rising, we need to get this legislation passed before the switch to summer gas," said Mr. Vogel. "If we wait, the effects could be catastrophic to the folks in Western Pennsylvania."
The measure awaits a vote in the state House of Representatives.
First Published 2012-03-08 00:20:30