OHIO – According to AAA, the national average is $2.60 per gallon. That’s an increase of about 10 cents in just one week.
We normally see gas prices increase during summer storms due to hurricane season in the gulf forces oil refineries to shut down for safety, but this week they shut down for cold and ice.
“When close to 40% of U.S. crude production is offline because refineries are closed, there is going to be pain at the pump until operations resume,” said Jeanette Casselano McGee, AAA spokesperson. “The good news is the nearly two dozen impacted refiners are expected to restart operations this week, if they haven’t already. That means regular gasoline deliveries will resume and impacted stations will be re-fueled.”
Last week, refinery outages were reported in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kansas.
Gas Prices around the area have inflated to an average of 2.65 a gallon according to Gasbuddy.com. Just two weeks ago the same gas was about 2.39 per gallon. Sunoco in Leistville Ohio has the cheapest gas in Pickaway county at 2.55.