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Gas Stations: Government Could Shut Us Down

Owners in Connecticut say a new law hurts small businesses the most.

Gas Stations: Government Could Shut Us Down

The price of gas may be , but some small gas station owners in Connecticut say the price of business could skyrocket.

According to the Connecticut Post, owners say a couple factors are about to make doing business nearly impossible.

The first is a new state law that shifts from a publicly-funded cleanup fund to placing the burden on the gas stations themselves to remediate gas leaks.

"In these difficult financial times state government can no longer afford to pay millions of dollars a year -- much of it to multinational corporations -- for the cleanup of fuel discharges at private businesses," Daniel Etsy, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said in a March statement.

With remediation funding now out of the government's hands, business owners also say that getting insurance will be difficult since one of the major providers is no longer offering its services. 

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