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Old 06-07-2013, 11:42 AM
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Default And I 'bit ch' about our Petrol price at $3.90/gallon.

By Samantha Bomkamp Tribune staff report

11:18 a.m. CDT, June 7, 2013

Average gas prices in Chicago are now higher than anywhere in the United States, driven higher by a combination of refinery issues and the annual transition to a more costly summer blend.

Drivers in the city are now paying an average of $4.55 a gallon, according to AAA, which is 20 cents higher than a week ago. The price for a gallon of premium unleaded is approaching $5, reaching $4.95 overnight. On this day last year, drivers were paying $4.12 per gallon.

The city still hasn’t reached the record per-gallon price of $4.68 a gallon, a mark set on March 27 of last year. But some stations are charging as much as $4.79 a gallon, mostly along the Dan Ryan, according to GasBuddy.com. At a handful of stations charging that price for unleaded, the cost of premium is as much as $5.29 per gallon.

The average price in the greater metro area is closer to a record. Drivers are paying $4.42 a gallon on average; the record hit last March was $4.51.

AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher said gas prices in the region are still being driven up to problems at refineries, which churn oil into gasoline. Adding to shutdowns and maintenance issues is the transition to a more expensive summer blend of gasoline. Refineries are required to use a cleaner blend that produces fewer emissions in the peak summer driving season.
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