Gas price hikes in Michigan, northern Indiana caused by pipeline shutdown, outage at oil refinery

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of energy emergency on Tuesday, May 24, after a fuel pipeline in Wisconsin was shut down and an unplanned outage at an oil refinery in Detroit.

That means that people transporting fuel don’t have to abide by state and federal laws regulating how many hours they can be on the road to transport fuel in the state of Michigan.

Prices rose to an average of $2.55 per gallon around Michigan and in northern Indiana on Tuesday because of the issues with the oil refinery and the fuel pipeline.

State Sen. John Proos (R-St. Joseph) is urging southwest Michigan residents to make sure they have full tank of gas going into the Memorial Day weekend.

“I commend the governor for taking quick action to help safeguard residents and visitors from shortages,” Proos said. However, there are no guarantees, so I strongly encourage drivers to fill their tanks while they can just in case there are fuel disruptions.”

Proos is also urging Michigan residents to report suspected gas price gouging to the Michigan attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388. Complaints can also be filed online.