Wichita gas prices could increase 40 cents by April

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. If you've been to a gas station recently, you've likely felt that pain at the pump. Gas prices are rising steadily, and just this week, we've seen a 10 cent increase. But reports indicate those numbers could continue to add up.

"Unfortunately this time of year, when you get into February and March, you have the refiners getting ready for what we call summer gasoline," said Quik Trip Spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh. "And by doing so, they cut back quite a bit on the capacity on the current gasoline spec they're making."

Gasbuddy.com is predicting by April, the national average could peak at just over $3.80 a gallon. As drivers learn about this pending increase, emotions run high.

"It's going crazy, I mean it's like, wow, too much," said Erika Lee.

"If you're a working person, you've got to have gas," said Montana Weber. "So you're gonna have to pay it, whether you like it or not."

Thornbrugh says refinery maintenance and rising crude prices also contribute to what we see at the pump. It's a combination that could be costly.

"Unfortunately it's expected that prices probably will increase," Thornbrugh said. "Hopefully they won't happen every week, but it's possible for awhile."

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