Why the high gas prices in North Dakota?

2010-04-12T02:00:00Z Why the high gas prices in North Dakota?By HEIDI GRESS Mandan Bismarck Tribune
April 12, 2010 2:00 am  • 

In listening to the morning news, I heard that the national average price for a gallon of gas is up to $2.83. Then you take a drive down Mandan or Bismarck streets, our signs are showing $2.99 a gallon, which jumped 10 cents in one day. (We were already ahead of the average at $2.89 a gallon.) They have not said why our prices are up so much more in this area, but nationally they say possibly due to a recovering economy. I am not sure how long we will remain in recovery mode if our prices for fuel continue to rise. The consumers feel the pinch with every type of purchase or bill when fuel is up, so economy will feel the pain from rising fuel prices.

Speaking of pain, how about the people without power due to the April 2 snowstorm? Most of these people are now fueling a generator to have even just a little electricity. As an added frustration, they now get to pay more for the this fuel they need. To top that frustration, they get to hear that our area is charging 16 cents a gallon more than the national average for fuel (gasoline). Instead of catching a break after being without power, and who knows for how long, they are getting another slap in the face with a rising fuel cost.

Our gasoline companies need to look into why our fuel is so much higher here than in many other areas, including Texas, and provide an explanation.

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(18) Comments

  1. gerlynn
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    gerlynn - April 21, 2010 10:58 pm
    Kinda funny when there is an article in the news about Bismarck being lower than the national average for gas, it seems to go up before the ink is dry.....But when we are higher than the national average and any other town in the state nothing happens the price does not change...And when it goes up it goes up a dime a time and when it goes down it goes down only a few cents...
  2. Halatbis
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    Halatbis - April 13, 2010 8:49 am
    The price of gas in Fargo is lower because they are on a major pipeline, Bismarck is not. The story I hear is that the gasoline produced at the Mandan refinery goes to the tank farm near Jamestown---then our Bismarck gas is trucked back here adding the cost of transportation---the mileage is calculated as though it came from the Fargo terminal.
    This is part of the national energy policy???
    There could be a tanker truck loading facility at Mandan which would save about 20 cents a gallon----but there is not.

    Am I wrong in this scenario???
  3. warmachine
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    warmachine - April 13, 2010 8:31 am
    If your proximity to a refinery dictates lower fuel prices....why isn't Bismarck's proximity to wheat fields dictating $.25 loaves of bread? End of the proximity argument I would hope.
  4. Lonewolvie
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    Lonewolvie - April 13, 2010 12:07 am
    Stupid government regulations particularly from the leftwing biased EPA that are based on "climate fraud" are the reasons why we get to pay such high fuel prices.

    Bismarck is right next to a refinery and Bismarck still has some of the highest prices in the state, shouldn't Bismarck have the lowest prices in the state? Bismarck does have some competition with gas prices, try the Walmart gas station, they have been closer to the national average then the other gas stations.
  5. Enough
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    Enough - April 12, 2010 9:54 pm
    CF, your an idiot!
  6. CapeFear
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    CapeFear - April 12, 2010 6:00 pm
    Hooplehead said: "My question regarding gas prices is: Why isn't this Obama's fault? Where is the outrage directed at the Obama administration coddling "Big Oil"? When Dubya was Prez, high gas prices were a result of W. lining the pockets of his friends. Double standard much?"


    Hooplehead makes a valid point. Gas prices have very little to with who is in the oval orifice. Bush and Cheney seemed suspect, though, because they were from the oil industry whereas Barry Osama Bin Hussein Laden the Magic "N" word Kenyan Socialist was just a bro in the 'hood. Nevertheless, it's best for both sides to forget trying to politicize gas prices.
  7. Bobby Bouchee
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    Bobby Bouchee - April 12, 2010 2:13 pm
    Yawn...
  8. whatithink
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    whatithink - April 12, 2010 1:16 pm
    gas was $2.779 in fargo on saturday .....
  9. warmachine
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    warmachine - April 12, 2010 12:27 pm
    Kwiturbichen....I filled up at $3.15 a gallon this morning and thought it was a steal (so to speak). This is a west coast price living down the street from some of the largest refineries in the country....get used to it folks. The cost of not allowing new drilling, CONUS or otherwise, will continue the upward spiral of the cost.
  10. Career Enlisted
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    Career Enlisted - April 12, 2010 11:59 am
    I agree with the Bush argument. Somehow he is still responsible since he was the one who caused the prices to go up in the first place. I am just waiting for our savior currently in offie to work his magic and get the prices down.
  11. Gettyup
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    Gettyup - April 12, 2010 10:08 am
    Why is it one can drive to small towns that they have to haul gass a distance but yest cheeper that Bismarck. One can check gas prices all over the states and you will see what they are paying. Onely one word GREED and only two people control what Bismarck pays.
  12. Gettyup
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    Gettyup - April 12, 2010 10:05 am
    When I lived there Bismarck was always high, things will not change. Why is fargo's gas less, less greed and great competition. When you have only two people that own the stations and they enjoy lining their pockets at the expense of those who live there. Just look to the south, South Dakota they have other companies other than local one. Why is it that one can drive to small towns out of the way in ND and buy gass cheeper there than in Bismarck. One word GREED.
  13. Halatbis
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    Halatbis - April 12, 2010 8:21 am
    Correct me if I am wrong on this: reports are that North Dakota crude is discounted in price because of our transportation system getting crude to market. That means that the Tesoro refinery at Mandan buys crude at less than the "world commodity prices"---maybe $5 to $10 less per barrel---so that means their cost (of crude)is less than a refinery using crude from Mexico.
    Why then is our gasoline priced higher than most anywhere in the lower 48??
  14. wgwgwg
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    wgwgwg - April 12, 2010 8:04 am
    It's real simple: There is no competition due to limited ownership of stations and limited suppliers. Until 2 years ago my home town had 3 stations (only 2 now) and they all had different prices as they were owned by different people and had different suppliers. Every few weeks a letter like this comes in, but get used to it as things aren't going to change.
  15. horseman
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    horseman - April 12, 2010 7:51 am
    Most of the federal tax is used to repair our infrastrucure without which we would be unable to repair our roads and bridges etc.
  16. zdam20
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    zdam20 - April 12, 2010 6:37 am
    Gas prices in Mandan/Bis are caused by 3 things: price of crude oil, what it costs to get finished products in this area, and no competition in this area. Crude prices are a global commodity and we have no control over that (short term). The products pipelines in ND are a long ways away from any refinery (other than Mandan) and it socts money to get products here. Therefor we pay more. But ,IMO, the biggest reason we pay more for gas in Bis/Man is all the stations are owned by a limited amount of people and there is no competition. Not a national problem for Obama, strictly a local problem.
  17. a mob of one
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    a mob of one - April 12, 2010 6:18 am
    OPEC is the biggest reason fuel is so high, we are still importing more crude than we domestically produce. The Oil Companies claim that demand is up, and the refineries can not keep up, because of all the different blends of Gasoline & diesel from winter blends to summer blends. It's probably the combination of both, Government say's that the economy is in re-bound, so demand is up, how that is possible is beyond me. More people are losing jobs everywhere across the Country. One thing is for sure, the oil Companies will get there profits along with the State and Federal Government.For every gallon of gas or disel sold, the Federal Government gets 18.5 cents a gallon, and the State gets .23 cents a gallon. So, like the oil Companies, State and Federal Governments are taking all of us to the cleaners.It's nice to see the State have a surplus, but how much is enough?
  18. Hooplehead
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    Hooplehead - April 12, 2010 2:56 am

    My question regarding gas prices is: Why isn't this Obama's fault? Where is the outrage directed at the Obama administration coddling "Big Oil"? When Dubya was Prez, high gas prices were a result of W. lining the pockets of his friends. Double standard much?
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