Midwest Refinery Issues Affect Local Gas Prices

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments | News

Woman Pumping GasResidents have seen local gas prices rise as much as 11 cents in response to refinery issues in the Midwest in the last week.

“Many drivers are noticing an uptick in gas prices for the first time in months due to a series of refinery issues in the Midwest,” said Tammy Arnette, Public Affairs Specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “This time of year is also indicative of expected seasonal gas price swings between now and the middle of spring due to scheduled refinery maintenance and decreased production.  However, even with the expected increases this spring, drivers should pay lower gas prices than compared to peak prices in recent years.”

The average national retail price jumped 11 cents from $2.04 per gallon on January 29, 2015 to $2.15 per gallon today, Arnette said.

Gas prices have been trending lower in the past months; motorists have been reaping the benefits.

AAA reported that last week, 28 states posting gasoline averages below $2 per gallon, compared to only 13 states this week.

“Virginia broke through the $1.99 per gallon gas price average to $2.04 per gallon on average in the Commonwealth,” she said. “Comparatively, gas prices are now nine cents higher in Virginia than they were a week ago at $1.95 per gallon on January 29, 2015.”

Locally, residents are seeing prices between $2.03-2.25 per gallon in the area. BJ’s is reportedly selling gasoline for $1.99 per gallon.

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