The difference in gas prices from city to city isn't hard to miss in south central Kentucky. Some have made the trip out of Bowling Green into surrounding counties for cheaper gas. Others are hoping to change the trend in a different way. A petition has been started the past few weeks and support is growing.
"We were told by several people at first, 'You're wasting your time. They're never going to do anything.' I said if we don't try, what good is it. We're just going to endure this for years and years to come. I've lived in Bowling Green for 26 years. When I was in business I traveled extensively. I had to buy it, but it was always cheaper out of town." said the man who helped start the petition, Edward R. Caston Sr.
The group is planning to appeal to the Attorney General's office for an investigation into the practice. Jack Conway's office say they've already been investigating gas prices for the past five years.
"What we believe the root of the problem for most cities across Kentucky, is that when Marathon merged with Ashland Oil in the late 1990's, it created a monopoly." offered Director of Communications for the Attorney General's Office, Allison Martin.
Since the petition has started the group has gathered nearly 2,200 signatures and heard countless stories from people they say are struggling.
"I had women come up to me and say we can't afford to buy gas. We can't afford to visit our relatives. I have enough money to pay my bills and get by. I hope you can get something done. My heart goes out... I kind of felt bad for her. That's how bad things have gotten in this city." added Caston Sr.
The Attorney General's office say they're continuing to work for the people of Kentucky to create a better business environment.
"That's an issue we now have in Kentucky. The Federal Trade Commission is the only agency that can force increased competition and another wholesaler to come in. That's the best possible scenario for the people of Kentucky and Bowling Green." added Martin.
A link to the petition is listed below.