IMPACT: Gasoline Alley Rebellion

Superficially, these would seem to be the best of times for gas-station operators. Price wars are relics of the past. Windshield wiping, oil checking and other time-consuming courtesies have become superfluous. The dealers work shorter hours and, when their stations are open, drivers line up for blocks to buy all the gas they can.

Yet gasoline dealers are becoming one of the nation's most restive minorities. Operators in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia threatened to close their stations last week to protest federal fuel allocations and a regulation that prohibits them from saving gas for their regular customers....