Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says there are two primary reasons for the price hikes.
“Crude oil prices have increased dramatically over the past couple of weeks,” Weinholzer says. “It was selling at $92 a barrel, now it’s selling at $98 a barrel. Secondly, we’ve had some refinery closures, for routine maintenance as well as repair issues, six refineries across the United States and two in the Chicago area that would affect Midwest supply.”
Weinholzer says Nebraskans will likely be in for more price increases at the pumps in the next few weeks.
“It should continue so long as the refineries are not back online,” she says. “As soon as those repairs and maintenance issues are addressed, that will provide some relief but crude oil prices, the fact they’ve been heading northerly, that’s going to have a negative impact for some time.”
Gasoline prices in Nebraska are averaging $3.48 a gallon, five cents cheaper than the national average.