Vt. Superior Court judge denies attempt to close Costco gas pumps

Published: May. 28, 2020 at 12:39 AM EDT
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Costco will be allowed to continue pumping gas under limited hours as the legal battle over an Act 250 permit for a major VTrans project at Exit 16 in Colchester continues in court.

A Vermont Superior Court judge on Wednesday sided with Costco after competing gas distributor R.L. Vallee, the owner of Maplefields, asked for a temporary restraining order to shut Costco down after it opened Tuesday with a state land use permit allowing the limited hours

Vallee claims Costco broke a promise it made in 2014 not to open until traffic improvements have been made to the Exit 16 area.

It's the latest twist in a decade-long legal battle by Vallee and the Conservation Law Foundation to prevent Costco -- and the $8 million VTrans project -- from impacting water quality in a nearby stream. Vallee has also argued Costco's increased traffic will impact his business.

The opening of the Costco pumps has triggered a price war. The Maplefields lowered its prices Tuesday to $1.59 to match Costco. Gasbuddy.com reports Costco's price Thursday went down to $1.49