Why Are Local Gas Prices Higher Than Nat’l Average?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s not the kind of news motorists want to hear at the start of the Labor Day weekend: gas prices are high everywhere, but especially in the Twin Cities.

The national average right now is around $3.65 a gallon but it’s considerably higher in the Twin Cities.

“We are about 20 cents ahead of the U.S. average and it has been that way for a couple of weeks,” said Gail Weinholzer of the Minneapolis-area AAA.

Weinholzer says the reason for the higher local prices is that refineries in Illinois have scaled back capacity while fixing mechanical problems.

“And hopefully we’ll see some relief after Labor Day.”

Prices generally go down after Labor Day anyway, with the summer vacation driving season ending and refineries switching to a cheaper winter grade gas.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

  • Lee North

    WE moved to AZ from MN and my current fill was at $3.23 at COSTCO in Glendale

    • sad but true

      Why they ask, cuz we are always getting gurred!!!!

  • gdog

    Their story does not explain why prices are hight in MN then elsewhere.

  • Bob

    Nonsense… drove thru Wi last week and pd .15 p/g less even tho their gas tax is higher . This is another example of SA & Holiday sticking it to us. Wisconsin must get thier gas supply from Mn refineries while we import from Illi.

  • Deb

    Really? I don’t believe that NONSENSE, fixing mechanical stuff.

  • Union Thug

    Spin the Wheel of Excuses, oil companies….

  • Jim

    Reason: GREED

  • MENH

    Next week the excuse will be that it rained in New Orleans, or that it hasn’t rained Texas or whatever…..blah, blah, blah.

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  • A Voter

    What!, no ones going to blame this on Obama?

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