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Chapel Hill Station Breaks $3-a-Gallon Barrier

Posted April 13, 2007

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— Gas prices are always news these days, so a Chapel Hill station in a mostly residential neighborhood got attention Friday for posting a price over $3 a gallon.

The Cedar Village Exxon station on Weaver Dairy Road had $3.09 on its sign. The AAA said that put the station 30 cents above the Triangle average for unleaded regular.

"I think it's expensive. It's too much. It's outrageous, that's what it is," driver Neville Ward said.

"I'd walk or catch the bus because that's cheap," driver Yolanda Ware said. "I'd do that before I pay $3.09 a gallon. That's too much."

No one at the station wanted to discuss what had driven the price so high.

Tom Crosby of the AAA said drivers who patronize stations with surprisingly high prices encourage price hikes.

The Exxon station, which includes a convenience store, is near residential neighborhoods and East Chapel Hill High School. There are no other fuel dealers in that area of Chapel Hill.

A few miles away on N.C. Highway 54 in Chapel Hill, gas was selling for $2.79 a gallon. Other prices across the metro area ranged from $2.71 to $2.84 a gallon.

"I have stock in Exxon Mobil, but I still won't buy gas here (because) $3.09 is too expensive," driver Carol Troutner said.

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  • Sound Man Apr 18, 2007

    OLD PIRATE - Wholesale gas prices have been falling for over two weeks now and retail prices have continued to climb. Apparently you didn't read the article about a week ago where the Oil supplying nations were going to start charging the oil companies some extra fees that would supposedly cut into their profits. Looks like the oil companies are just passing this on to consumers.

  • muertavaca Apr 18, 2007

    dont worry, well, except for justin. The oil will soon run dry at our pace and exxon is among the slowest to look for or get involved with any alternative energy technology. their day is coming.......

  • justin Apr 18, 2007

    I own stock in Exxon Mobile, I think this is great. The money I make in stocks offsets the money I pay at the gas station. What a world!!

  • Dayum Krazy Apr 18, 2007

    yeah...EXXON/MOBIL'S PROFIT MARGIN IS AT RECORD HIGHS...ALSO THEIR GAS STATIONS HERE IN THE TRIANGLE ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST PRICES FOR GAS AND HAVE BEEN FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS...NOT TO MENTION ITEMS IN THE STORE, THEY ARE PRICE GOUGING AND WHEN YOU PASS THEIR GAS STATIONS COMPARE OTHER NEAR BY AND YOU WILL SEE...

  • Dixe Apr 17, 2007

    Oftnoverlooked -
    I am confused about your comment. Why boycot buying gas on a certain day? If you need to the gas you get it a day later or a day before. They just get their money a day before or a day later, either way they get the money. Just my way of thinking!

  • oftnovrlooked Apr 17, 2007

    The Country tried to unite and do this about 2 years ago and it seemed to help out.

    **May 15th, 2007 is NATIONAL Boycott Day!**

    Do NOT buy any gas on 5/15/07 from 12:01am to 12:01am on 5/16.

    Please spread the word.

  • bottleworks Apr 17, 2007

    Performance Automall buys 100% of their gas there (not diesel). That gas station doesn't need any additional customers with that contract. It could go up to $16/gal and that station won't care.

    Stop Bush. In 2009 gas prices will drop. Did anyone notice how gas prices just happened to drop a large amount just before election day? Then the next week, they went back up?

  • unblankenbelievable Apr 17, 2007

    If everyone in this country would stop buying gas on Sunday,or any other day for that matter, the prices would drop dramatically. Does anyone agree with this?

  • yukonjohn3 Apr 17, 2007

    We are still smiling all the way to the mailbox to get our permenant fund checks. Sorry guys, but we dont mind the high prices so bad, in Galena its 5.25 a gallon anyway. Its crazy not be ALREADY be drilling in ANWR, but thats ok...the gas and oil is not going anywhere. We can wait till its 10 dollars a gallon. This is the ONLY good thing George Bush has done for us here in Alaska, keep the oil prices high!!

  • OLD PIRATE Apr 17, 2007

    GOOD NEWS GANG! WHOLESALE PRICES ARE FALLING AND FAST...EXPECT
    THE STREET TO START DOWN SOON..

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