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.