Convenience store gas retailers support NS government’s gas regulation review process
The association representing the majority of convenience store gas retailers in Nova Scotia supports the provincial government’s plan to collect more data on gas volume and other pump data at retail gas outlets throughout the province.
“There has been a lot of talk about gas regulation or de-regulation,” says Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association. “Nova Scotia’s regulated gas system is a balance between the interests of the motoring public and the industry. We’re of the opinion that while the regulation process may need some tweaking, overall the system today is working pretty well for everyone.”
Hammoud says that given the considerable impact that any changes in the regulations could have on Nova Scotia’s retail gasoline industry any review must be thorough and evidence-based.
“The last thing we need is a knee-jerk reaction from the government about regulation. If we have to have a review of the regulatory process, then let’s do it right.”
“Right now the provincial government doesn’t have a full understanding of the geographical patterns of gas volumes throughout the province and that’s important when one of the fundamental goals of regulation was to help preserve the availability and competitiveness of retail gas in rural Nova Scotia communities. Obtaining more data is a good step in the right direction. ”
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President, Atlantic Convenience Stores Association
About the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association is a not-for-profit, membership-based industry association. Founded in 2008, the association helps to ensure an economically viable and sustainable business environment for members by serving the best interests of Atlantic Canada’s convenience store operators and consumers alike through advocacy, advice, education, training and responsible retailing.
Association members include national and regional convenience store chains, franchisees, dealers and independent owner/operators throughout Atlantic Canada.