August 25, 2015|
Relief at the Pump Expected as BP Resolves Refinery Issue
MADISON, WI. (August 25, 2015) – Drivers across Wisconsin should see lower gas prices in the coming days and weeks thanks to the restart of the crude distillation unit (CDU) at BP’s Whiting refinery earlier today. Prices throughout the Midwest rose dramatically in the days following the unexpected shutdown of that unit on August 8th, although they did stabilize and begin to gradually drop in recent days.
According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Wisconsin is currently $2.81, down about 15 cents from this time last week, but still 24 cents higher than the US national average of $2.57 – the lowest for this date since 2004. Averages in the state should begin to move closer to that mark as the CDU restart begins to increase supplies of refined fuel in Midwestern markets.
“This is welcome news for local motorists hoping to take advantage of the historic savings we are seeing elsewhere around the county,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA Wisconsin. “Prices could continue to drop even more thanks to a combination of low crude oil costs, decreasing demand and the switch back to winter-blend fuels.”
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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