Western New Yorkers know too well the painful costs of pollution and other forms of environmental degradation and neglect. Over 30 years ago the Buffalo River was declared biologically dead and ecologically destroyed, and only through a persistent restoration effort was it remediated and shows vastly improved water quality. Brian believes that we must learn from this history to prevent the recurrence of environmental disasters like Love Canal and Tonawanda Coke in our district. His work in Washington, D.C. focuses on the conservation and care for the many precious natural resources here in Western New York. From the Great Lakes, to our waterways, to our parks and natural public spaces, Brian is fighting to ensure the federal policies enacted in Congress help to support a healthy environment and protect those most vulnerable to pollution and exposure to hazardous substances. To achieve these goals of preservation, Brian has been a strong supporter of federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Water Resources Development Act.
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In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Congressman Higgins details the disturbing profit margin figures for Western New York gas retailers made available through the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). While industry sources indicate that it takes about 11 to 13 cents per gallon of gas to profitably operate a gas station, the current average national profit margin is 23.6 cents per gallon, attributable to what some in the industry call the “sticky down.” Disturbingly, when examining local profit margins Congressman Higgins’ office found local profits to be more than double