Maintenance work at refineries driving up the price of gasoline

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

Drivers in northern Indiana and the Chicago area are paying a little more at the pump this month due to maintenance work at two large refineries.

In St. Joseph County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.61 per gallon, which is $.24 higher compared to last month, but $1.14 lower with last year.

The price goes up even more in Porter and Lake Counties and, then, to over 3 dollars in the Chicago area, according to AAA Chicago.

“Prices in Illinois and northern Indiana have risen sharply over the past few weeks due to maintenance issues that are affecting production at local refineries,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. “Even with the temporary price spike, prices are still the lowest we’ve seen in June since 2010; drivers setting off on summer road trips will be enjoying these lower pump prices.”

Other averages across the region according to AAA Chicago:

  • In St. Joseph County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.61 per gallon, which is $.24 higher compared to last month and $1.14 lower with last year.
  • In Porter County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.76 per gallon, which is $.19 higher than last month and $.99 lower than last year.
  • In Lake County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.75 per gallon, which is up $.19 from April’s average and is a $.98 decrease from a year ago.
  • In Cook County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.02, which is up $.17 from last month and $1.06 lower than last year’s price-per-gallon.
  • In Lake County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.87 per gallon, which is $.20 higher than last month and down by $1.00 compared to this time last year.