GREEN BAY - As the cost continues to rise, drivers are calling the jump at the pump, ridiculous and shocking.
One Green Bay gas station is selling fuel for as much as $4.19 a gallon. Most others are around the $4 mark.
"$103.16. I just posted that on Facebook with an "ouch," and I'm sure everybody is kind of feeling that too," said Jennifer Hartig of Green Bay.
The current state average is $4.00. That's three cents more than Wednesday's average. A year ago drivers paid 38 cents less for regular unleaded.
"I believe everybody is very afraid to go over that four dollar mark. It just it's terrible for the economy. It looks bad. So we're kind of holding at $3.99. I know $3.99 is not a very good price for us when we're paying $3.97 for fuel," said Tom Matuszak, owner of Pit Row on Humboldt.
Matuszak said while the wholesale price came down about twenty cents overnight, the price you pay won't fall as quickly.
"I don't believe the price will come down until we start to make our you know a little bit more profit," Matuszak said.
Some gas station owners we spoke with said the rise in prices hurts them more than it helps them. That's because people are buying less gas and convenience store items.
In fact, one driver says when she stops for gas she rarely tops off the tank.
"Nope. Not all the time. I mean, that's usually reserved for paydays. And then you just kind of maintain the best that you can because of the prices," said Susan Chilkote of Howard.
"What's driving this are problems at about five different refineries all of which are in the Great Lakes states," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.
Analysts said those refineries are not operating at capacity because of fires or other issues. That's causing a supply problem. What does that mean for the upcoming summer travel season?
"I don't think people should assume that just because we have the Fourth of July weekend ahead of us, or it's the summer travel season, that fuel prices necessarily have to rise significantly," Laskoski said.
Drivers hope that statement holds true.
"This is the start of summer, lots of places to go and to be putting all your money in your tank is not very fun," Hartig said.
Analysts say a key issue aside from problems at Great Lakes refineries is weather. They are concerned about the National Weather Service's forecast of a very active hurricane season. That could force Gulf Coast refineries to shut down, and create even more price volatility.
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