Another surge in gas prices at the pump is expected in the Akron area and the Midwest by the weekend with some prices jumping 10 to 30 cents a gallon. Patrick DeHaan of Gas-Buddy.com tells AkronNewsNow why the spike now?.
"Three refineries have suffered setbacks in recent days, as well as a crude oil pipeline shutdown that delivers crude oil from Canada to Chicago. It's for this reason that wholesale prices have risen 61 cents a gallon in the last six days and it's for that reason that we can expect more increases at the pump," says DeHaan.
How high will the price per gallon go? " I think that a majority of areas will see high three dollars range , 3.80's, 3.90's. I don't think four dollars will be commonplace yet."
DeHaan says the price hike could last for some time until the pipeline and refinery problems are resolved. " Typically the refineries may be fixed here in a week or so, but the pipeline is more of what I'm concerned with for the time being. The pipeline closure may linger, and it could disrupt crude oil shipments to these refineries, so the whole situation may last a few weeks."