Refinery Problems Lead to Increase in Gas Prices Prior to Holiday Travel

Dec 21, 2017

If you’re hitting the road for holiday travel, be ready to pay more at the gas pump. 

Patrick DeHaan with the gas price monitoring group Gas Buddy, says refinery problems at facilities in Joliet and Robinson are driving prices up.

“Those two issues have contributed to a big jump, a 30-cent jump in the price of wholesale gas in just the last week."

DeHaan adds that it could be well into the first quarter of 2018 when the two refineries are fully repaired, so high gas prices could be here for awhile.

If you’re heading to Chicago, Indiana and Wisconsin for the holidays, expect to pay more. But DeHaan says if you’re traveling out of Illinois to the south and west, you’ll pay less for gas.