Mid-Michigan seeing high gas prices at the pump

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – People at the pump in Lansing are paying almost 20 cents more for gas today than this time last year.

According to Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy.com, the Midwest saw the cheapest gas in 11 years back in February. Now it’s a few months later, and that gas costs twice as much per gallon.

“Looking at every state compared to a year ago, Michigan is the only state now paying more than it did a year ago,” Gas Buddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

“Sometimes we’re below the national average and sometimes we’re above,” Mark Griffin, President of the Michigan Petroleum Association and the Michigan Association of Convenience Stores said. “That fluctuates as well as our prices do.”

Mark Griffin is the President of the Michigan Petroleum Association and the Michigan Association of Convenience Stores.

“Our cost has gone up over 24 cents in just in this last week,” Griffin said.

One of the reasons that cost has gone up so much is because of a power outage a few weeks ago at the Marathon Refinery in Detroit.

“It takes time to build that inventory back up once they get those systems up and running,” Griffin said. “It’s not something you can just flip a switch and make it start making gas again.”

Many problems led Governor Rick Snyder to declare an energy emergency so those transporting fuel could spend more hours on the road.

Griffin wants customers to know gas station owners feel their pain.

“We don’t like it either when we see these rapid increases,” Griffin said. “It effects our cash flow and it effects our customer’s negatively.”

But as refineries build back their inventory, both experts say relief should be coming in the next few weeks.

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