Gasoline Price Spikes, Rise Continue

AAA Texas Spokesman Dan Ronan says the uptick in prices over the past 48 hours was prompted by the temporary closure of seven oil refineries, including a few here in Houston.

"It doesn't affect that production that much, but what it does is it causes a little bit of a blip and people get concerned about it and it seems like nowadays almost any reason to have gasoline prices go up — they've been going up."

Ronan says drivers who use a mid-sized vehicle are paying at least $15 more for a fill-up than they did a year ago.

Gasoline prices typically peak by mid-July.

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