Refinery issue partially blamed for increase in area gas prices - KOAM TV 7

Refinery issue partially blamed for increase in area gas prices


Gas prices are on the rise again.  Both Pittsburg and Joplin are above the national average and analysts say it's due to oil prices and refineries shutting down.

According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of unleaded gas cost $3.60.  Pittsburg's lowest price is 9 cents above that average, and the highest price is $3.95.

Kansas AAA spokesperson James Hanni says it's due to an Oklahoma refinery maintenance issue.

"There's been a refinery shut down temporarily in the Oklahoma area that serves our region of the country that severely has dampened the supply for our region, which has spiked the gas prices," says Hanni.

Don't count on seeing lower prices anytime soon.  AAA says prices could increase again overnight.  AAA believes prices will return to normal after Memorial Day weekend.

"I'm certainly hopeful, we all are hopeful that it will happen soon," says Hanni.  "After that we will start seeing a return to prices that are lower or at least lower than last year."

To monitor gas prices in Joplin visit http://www.missourigasprices.com/joplin/index.aspx

To monitor gas prices in Pittsburg visit http://www.kansasgasprices.com/index.aspx?area=pittsburg&dl=y&fuel=a&intro=y



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