When gasoline prices around the country reached record highs, a gas station owner in Massachusetts has emptied his mind in protest.
“It’s hard enough for people to put groceries on the table after working in the factory or where they work for 30-40 hours a week and not being able to refuel in the car and get to work. I do not want to be that’s part of it, “Reynold Gladu, who owns a Mobil gas station in central Massachusetts, told Western Mass News this week.
Gas prices in Massachusetts reached a record high of 5.028 dollars per gallon on Thursday, according to the car club AAA.
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Oil prices have skyrocketed around the world following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent embargoes against Russian energy.
Some lawmakers have accused the Biden administration of temporarily suspending new oil lease agreements on federal lands, blocking the Keystone XL pipeline and failing to issue necessary permits to bring further production online from existing federal offshore oil and gas contracts.
Gladu, meanwhile, accused oil and gas companies of inflating prices.
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“There is no justification for it being the same gas that was in the ground that they are just making extra money on,” Gladu told Western Mass News.
“I want to continue to run this that belongs to me, not Mobile, but myself as an individual, and if people want to get service on their cars I would love to do it.”
ExxonMobil did not immediately respond to a request for comment.