A gas station boycott started in Prince George could soon spread to other Interior B.C. towns.
The boycott against high fuel prices has been having the desired effects, say organizers, despite oil company claims that recent price drops at the pump are the result of declining demand nationwide.
Prices are dropping all across the country following the usual summer highs, agrees Bob Viergever.
But they have dropped significantly in Prince George – 8 cents since the boycott began two weeks ago. And they dropped 4 cents overnight in Mackenzie after talk of expanding the boycott to include that town, he said.
“We’re just putting the gas companies on notice that we’re not going to be quiet about it,” he said. “The prices have been out of line for some time and we’re not going to take it anymore.”
The price of gas in Prince George was 85.9 cents when the boycott started. It was sitting at 77.9 cents on Friday in the city.
And Viergever’s group planned to be back on the streets with information pickets again Saturday.
The pickets do not target individual dealers, because the group wants people to continue buying merchandise from local stations. They are just targeting fuel sales at Petro Canada stations right now.
“At this point we haven’t set our next target, although we are looking at it,” he said.
He has also been contacted by people from other towns experiencing similarly high prices, including Williams Lake, Terrace and Kelowna.
The group’s goal is to push prices down close to the national average at between 72 cents and 73 cents.