Experts Explain Record-High Gas Prices in Minnesota

Updated: 05/22/2013 7:47 AM KSTP.com By: Joe Mazan





One more element is adding to our sticker shock. Minnesota and the Dakotas are farther from refineries in Kansas, Chicago, and the gulf than our neighbors like Iowa, and Wisconsin meaning it's costing more to get that fuel up here to us. Experts say we will likely see prices drop starting very soon and then we won't be in this difficult position until more upgrades are needed in the nGas 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? The Wisconsin-Minnesota Petroleum Council, which represents oil companies, explains high gas prices as supply and demand.

Three refineries in the upper Midwest are upgrading, meaning output is down. Minnesota has an added problem. Gas Buddy experts say our two refineries in this state have also been producing less for much of April. They're upgrading so they can process thicker crude oil out of Canada.

One more element is adding to our sticker shock. Minnesota and the Dakotas are farther from refineries in Kansas, Chicago, and the Gulf than our neighbors like Iowa and Wisconsin, meaning it's costing more to get that fuel up here to us.

Experts say we will likely see prices drop starting very soon and then we won't be in this difficult position until more upgrades are needed in the next decade.