$3 Per Gallon Gas Back in Parts of Mid-Michigan

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

That familiar but unwelcome number -- $3 -- is confronting drivers again.

"You automatically think, 'here it goes again,' " Sandie Richardson told News 10.

And while the effect of that three in front of the price per gallon may be part psychological, AAA Michigan reports a gallon of regular does cost nearly $0.20 more this week than last in the Lansing area.

"Everything we've seen in the last couple days indicates it's just your normal fluctuations," said John Griffin of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan, an oil company trade association.

So far Hurricane Dean has not played a role, Griffin says. Fears that the hurricane could hit Gulf Coast oil production did cause some facilities to be evacuated and a temporary increase in the cost of crude oil.

But the price of crude has already come back down and those prices do take a while to affect the price at the pump.

Griffin says at the moment, things look okay going forward.

"All of the weather reports indicate [Hurricane Dean]'s going to miss the gulf coast oil structure," he said.

Of course, if the storm changes course or if a new one forms, prices could get much higher.

"What happened with Rita and Katrina -- obviously we saw what happened there and likely we'd see the same reaction," Griffin said.

That's because the Gulf Coast provides about a third of the gas and diesel supply to the Midwest. But there haven't been any problems yet -- gas is still below $3 per gallon in some parts of the area.

Still, the oil industry will be keeping an eye on the storm.

Perhaps drivers should too.

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  • by David Location: Charlotte on Aug 21, 2007 at 02:13 PM
    I have something to ask Thomas Allen Jelswor how fast do you go on the highway 75 80 85 if you are going this fast or faster think of how much gas you are wasting for every 5 mph you go over 65 you spend 20 cents more a gallon Ive been saying this for a long time stop winning about it and do something find ways to reduce your gas bill I drive 15 miles to wock every day 6 days a week and only spend 25$ a week insted of driving the highway I take an atternate route the oil companys arnt going to do anything about it the goverment isint going to do anything so its up to you and me
  • by Thomas Location: Jackson on Aug 21, 2007 at 06:11 AM
    In reference to Jelswor, Okemos - the demand is up because of the 40,000 students returning to MSU campus, why should the people who live in Lansing pay higher prices because of this? Then get rid of MSU. No the problem is money hungry oil producers.
  • by carol Location: allen mi on Aug 21, 2007 at 05:07 AM
    there seems to be every excuse possible for gas prices.what are these prices doing to the USA,and how has effected lives,and business all over.if oil companies make considerable profits,they should look at better building structures to stop damage from storms.but then that would give them one less excuse to raise gas prices.there's always answers for raising gas prices for what ever reason they never find the answers for lowering gas prices.the weather will always be there,and will continue to get worse every year.thats blamed on goble warming. knowing that they need to do something about that.many states have had jobs leave to over seas and mexico. many are unemployed gas prices aren't helping.who's to blame.right now it's hurricanes.can't stop the weather so fix buildings to withstand storms.or is that to simple?
  • by jelswor Location: Okemos on Aug 20, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    The cost of gasoline to the stations has little to do with the price. It is the perceived supply and demand. With 40,000 MSU returning to campus the demand is up and hence the price. Time to stick it to the consumer!
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