CHICAGO (CBS) — Though gas prices have been plummeting nationally, drivers in the Chicago area suddenly have seen a major bump at the pump.
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Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, said it’s the result of an outage at the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana.
“Talking about a plant now that’s running crippled, at less than half of capacity; the largest refinery in the Midwest,” he said.
One gas station owner in Lake County said he’s had to raise prices at the pump by 84 cents per gallon in the past three days, as his costs have surged.