MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota’s No. 1 in the nation, in a category few are rejoicing over.
The Twin Cities’ average price for gas is the most expensive in the nation at $4.32 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. Chicago is second ($4.28), Honolulu is third ($4.25) and Santa Barbara is fourth ($4.17).
This comes after Thursday’s record-breaking day with an average of $4.22.
On Thursday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called on the Department of Energy to take action, penning a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
“This spike in gas prices is hurting families, businesses and farmers across Minnesota and disrupting commerce,” Klobuchar said. “Scheduled maintenance at refineries should not be allowed to cause such major disruptions in supply. That’s why I have called on the Department of Energy to thoroughly review the closures and the timing of maintenance operations and take action to prevent future supply problems that cause consumers pain at the pump.”
The gas price spike came after the closure of oil refineries in the Midwest for maintenance, including two large refineries in the Chicago area.
Earlier this week, AAA’s Gail Weinholzer said we will not see any relief in prices at the pump before mid-June and there’s a chance we won’t see any significant relief before July 4.