Governor Douglas has joined the outcry over the closing of the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska.
The governor issued a statement saying that BP has been careless and that their actions are causing unnecessary increases in fuel prices.
The governor said in his statement “It is absurd that at a time of record oil profits BP has had to shut down the nation’s largest oil field due to poor maintenance, corrosion and a leak in the pipeline.”
The governor went on to say that oil companies are earning record profits and that they have a “fundamental obligation” to maintain their infrastructure.
He said the lack of maintenance by B-P shows a near total disregard for the prices Vermonters are paying at the pump.
A spokesman for the governor says Douglas is frustrated with the increasing price of gasoline, and that his statement follows his work in Vermont to keep prices down.