Refinery Explosion Sends Gas Prices Skyrocketing

DETROIT (WWJ) – Drivers in metro Detroit are seeing a 30 cent increase in gas prices, paying anywhere between $3.30 and $3.75 this week.

Gas Analyst Patrick Dehaan explains the price jump.

“What we are seeing this year is a bit of a jump up, perhaps earlier than we are used to …,” noted Dehaan. “Prices in Michigan – all the way up 31 cents a gallon higher right now than prices were a week ago.”

Dehaan thinks the price hike has not stopped yet: “it’s still possible that we’ll see another 5 to 10 cents (increase) at the pump.”

Dehaan says a gas refinery explosion in Toledo a few days ago is partially to blame for our spike — but crude oil prices have also rebounded.

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