Efforts Underway to Lower Gas Prices in Jefferson County

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The House of Representatives passed a resolution to investigate Jefferson County’s gas.

House Joint Resolution 8 would call on the Energy and Environmental Cabinet and the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to determine the environmental benefits, related costs, and possible alternatives to the federal reformulated gasoline requirements in Jefferson County and parts of Bullitt and Oldham Counties.

The RFG requirements were put into place to help with air pollution in the area in the 1990s but the gas costs more money than regular gas causing gasoline prices in the Louisville Metro area to be sometimes as much as thirty cents higher than the rest of the state.

Those in support of the resolution say removing the requirement could save Louisville area drivers $73 million a year.

“When we went to RFG in the 90’s it was very beneficial but today we don’t think the benefit still exists and if it does exist in a small measure we would like to determine if we can get the same efficiencies in other ways that are better for our people, that are more cost-effective,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville.

Those against the resolution say the two entities are already conducting these studies and should be mandated by the state to make changes to local gas.

“We have a mayor, we have a metro council and an air pollution control board and we have been managing quite well without the state telling us what to do,” said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville. “Number one this is a mandate with no money attached to it asking them to do this study.”

Some lawmakers also said this is being brought up now for purely political reasons.

“People in Jefferson County don’t want reformulated gas because they don’t want to pay for it but they also want clean air and clean water and all those other things, this is a very political issue for Jefferson County,” said Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins, D-Shively.

HJR 8 passed with a vote of 79-10.