Tropical Storm Isaac Impacts Michigan Gas Prices

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

It may be more than 1,000 miles away, but the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac will be felt here in Michigan.

Heavy rains and high winds in the Gulf could mean higher gas prices in the Midwest, and just days before people hit the road for Labor Day Weekend.

"You can't fight Mother Nature," said Linda Mudge, who filled up Monday morning anticipating rising gas prices.

Mother Nature has already shut down some oil refineries for safety reasons in the Gulf Coast, where Michigan gets about a third of its oil supply.

"They're the backbone of the refining industry in the U.S.," said Executive Director of Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan John Griffin. "They supply the Midwest, so if the Gulf Coast has some problems, we're going to experience some of that."

Experts at gasbuddy.com estimate gas prices could increase to at least $4 a gallon, which has travelers worried. Mudge is foregoing her usual Labor Day Weekend trip to Lake Michigan.

"We can't go anywhere," Mudge said. "We're staying home because the gas prices are just too high."

Higher gas prices don't have to mean completely scrapping a vacation though. Pure Michigan said people can take advantage of what their own towns have to offer, plus many businesses are still offering discounts for the holiday weekend.

"Some of our convention visitors bureaus and other attractions around the state have been really making an effort to make it easier for people to still make that trip," said Pure Michigan spokesperson David Lorenz. "So, they're offering deals where you stay for two nights, maybe you get that third night free or if you stay for three nights or whatever, you get a free meal."

But remember, Michigan residents don't always have to travel far.

"We literally have great places to visit right in your own backyard," Lorenz said. "We're never more than five miles away from a major river, lake, stream. We touch on four of the Great Lakes."

For many, that's a nice enough alternative to pain at the pump.

"We're going to make the best of it," Mudge said. "I'm probably going to have an outdoor barbeque and have some friends over, and celebrate Labor Day at home."

In the meantime, experts recommend people conserve gas, and keep buying patterns normal to help prices be less volatile in the next week.

Gas prices could go down after Labor Day Weekend, according to gasbuddy.com, but it all depends on how long oil production has to be decreased in the Gulf due to Isaac.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2012 at 04:24 AM
    It's BO's fault!!! The Con Artist could have built the pipeline to Canada, but he didn't? He could have an energy policy that restricts US oil companies from selling their surplus gasoline to China, but he didn't? The liberal's restrict the number of refineries in this country because of enviroment reasons, but then allow the gas to be sold over seas. Bottom line is BO has recieved more money from BP than any other Con Artist!!!
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Aug 28, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    So I wonder what you all on this blog are doing about this, Its funny how pepol wine and expect someone to solve their problems. But are unwilling to do something, cake and eat it to right nothing but a bunch of little cry babies .
  • by Courtney on Aug 28, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    If it is only a 1/3 of our supply, why would prices go up?? 2/3 is from Canada which should have leveled the issue. No, someone wants his or her profit sharing/pension to increase so they can retire happily knowing they are screwing the public. We get mad but what can we do? Boycotts don't work, cutting back on driving doesn't work because they will just stretch the price a bit longer, and writing to the goernment won't work because they have their hands in it. Bend over Michigan and don't expect a kiss!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    Way to go Pure Michigan...Ever think that higher gas prices means NO TOURISTS! I am SICK to death of the ridiculous excuses for these gas prices...Do they HONESTLY think the residents from this state are buying this nonsense?
  • by Steve Location: Okemos on Aug 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
    That is such BS! I just knew that they would use this as an excuse. Then they followed up that story on the news with, most analysts expect gas prices to go down after Labor day. How dumb do they think we are? Why can't the lawmakers see that they are fixing prices, oh wait, they are being paid not to do anything about it! What a joke American politics has become!!!!! So sad!
  • by Steve Location: Okemos on Aug 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
    That is such BS! I just knew that they would use this as an excuse. Then they followed up that story on the news with, most analysts expect gas prices to go down after Labor day. How dumb do they think we are? Why can't the lawmakers see that they are fixing prices, oh wait, they are being paid not to do anything about it! What a joke America has become!!!!! So sad!
  • by ak Location: MI on Aug 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    Ok we get our gas from Canada ya'know that big place above us? So why in the h3ll is our gas going up?? Because it's an excuse for them to use for them going up. Just say "ha ha ha there isn't a darn thing you can do" Don't lie to us. We aren't stupid.
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