MP gas prices impacted by pipeline
Local gas prices have seen mixed reactions from the rupture of a main oil pipeline near Chicago that was discovered Sept. 9.
The pipeline is one of the main distribution routes for crude oil coming into the U.S, from Canada. The rupture has been reported by mainstream media to be raising prices as much as 30 cents a gallon across the Midwest.
Locally, according to Hy-Vee Gas Manager Doug Marley, Mt. Pleasant is already seeing the impact.
“Within a few days, the prices have already gone up 14 cents a gallon,” Marley said. “We’re actually behind the curve a little bit.”
Marley said he gets daily updates from the Hy-Vee corporate offices, but as of press time had not received word on today’s impact.
“I haven’t heard anything from them,” Marley said. “But it could be anytime soon.”
According to Marley, it could be weeks before prices begin to come back down after the rupture is repaired.
“There’s going to be long lines, supply issues,” Marley said, “and that is what drives the price up quickly, a disaster like that.”
According to Marley, Mt. Pleasant hasn’t seen the full impact of the rupture yet.
For more on this story, see the September 14 issue of the Mt. Pleasant News.