February 26th, 2010

  • geordie

One of the many abandoned gas stations in CA

There are a great many abandoned gas stations in CA, many have closed in the last year. This one is on Big Oak Road not far to the west of Yosemite. Thousands of people pass here every day. I don't have or expect any sympathy for the oil companies, but many small gas stations can't afford the upgrades that the latest laws require. I could probably find half a dozen boarded up stations near where I live in the bay area. There is an article about it here, the costs are $11k per pump or $75k for an average station. I doubt these folks had the money for new pumps. Coming to this one as darkness fell was a little strange. The hotels next door remain open and busy.

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