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Gas prices up 40 cents over last month

Michigan's statewide average gas price is currently $4.19, a 40 cent jump from last month.

Patrick DeHaan is with GasBuddy, an organization that predicts gas prices. He said the increase is likely due to lack of supply.

DeHaan said last month, a fire at a refinery in Northwest Indiana cut off their oil supply for about a week. Last week, another fire shut down a refinery in Toledo, Ohio.

“The fire resulted in the loss of life at that refinery, which necessitated the refinery shutting down for an OSHA investigation. And it appears that that refinery could be down for much of the rest of the year,” he said.

DeHaan said gas prices currently range from three-fifty $3.50 to $4.60 a gallon throughout Michigan, and he expects prices to remain at those levels for a week or two.

“As refineries are able to bring up supply, if they're able to do that, that would start to help ease prices,” he said.

Jill Harrington is a senior at CMU majoring in journalism and minoring in theatre and interpretation. Jill grew up in Novi, Michigan and started reporting for WCMU in summer 2022.