Gas Prices Suddenly Soar

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Soaring gas prices shock patrons at Warren Marathon station. (credit: Marisa Fusinski/WWJ)

Soaring gas prices shock patrons at Warren Marathon station. (credit: Marisa Fusinski/WWJ)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Most Metro Detroit motorists hitting the road this weekend have probably noticed that gas prices jumped on average about 30-cents per gallon overnight.

Why?

AAA Michigan spokesperson Nancy Cain told WWJ Newsradio 950 that it appears to be an issue at one of the oil refineries.

“You know the midwest – we’ve been plagued with a lot of refinery problems,” said Cain. “Whether it’s the BP … facility in Indiana or the Exxon Mobile Joilet refinery in Illinois and we’ve had other problems too … it appears it is a refinery problem somewhere, somewhere there is a supply issue.

Cain added that refineries are competitive and generally don’t like to reveal the details of any problems.

At a Warren Marathon station along Ryan near Chicago Road, patrons used to finding some of the cheapest price in Metro Detroit were shocked to see $4.11 a gallon for regular, cash only — and a whopping $4.15 for those paying with credit.

WWJ got a call from a listener who’d just filled up at a Meijer Gas station Saturday afternoon. There, he reported the price had jumped from $3.85 to $4.15 a gallon, just like that.

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