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Created: 05/21/2013 8:52 PM | Print |  Email
By: Leslie Dyste

Answers: Why Are Minn. Gas Prices So High?

Gas prices in Minnesota continue to be sky high. AAA says the average price is $4.26 a gallon.

Why are we paying so much for gas this spring only second to Hawaii?

Gas Buddy Expert Tom Kloza tells KSTP the high prices are due to refining and logistics.

1. We have two big refineries here in Minnesota and both have had less output since April as they're undergoing maintenance and changes to allow them to process Canadian crude oil. Kloza says crude oil is tougher to refine since it's as thick as peanut butter.

'Flint Hills Resources' Pine Bend Refinery is located in Rosemount. It's among the top processors of Canadian crude oil in the United States.

Kloza says prices have crested and should be back to normal by the summer solstice.

Northern Tier Energy in St. Paul Park is owned by Super America. They've been doing maintenance to increase capacity.

2. Some Gulf Coast gas that would normally have come up to Minnesota at this time went to Chicago where prices were higher.

3. Great Lakes work impacted all of the Midwest but prices on the Minnesota, Wisconsin border are highest. It's more expensive than on the eastern part of Wisconsin where they're closer to the Great Lakes/Chicago area.

Minnesota and the Dakotas are further from refineries in Kansas, Chicago and the Gulf Coast meaning it's costing more to get it here.

Click here to watch KSTP reporter Joe Mazan's coverage of high gas prices.



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