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Refinery problems causing gas spike in Great Lakes region

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Nationally, the average price of gas rose 9.5 cents to $3.68 this week, due to rising prices in the Midwest.

According to GasBuddy.com, refinery problems have led to a drastically reduced supply from the four refineries that serve the Midwest and Great Lakes region. Fuel production has decreased in Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, and Illinois, driving up prices and giving Minnesota the highest price in the nation, instead of the usual California, Illinois, or New York.

"There's no doubt that many markets in the upper Midwest and mid-continent regions may reach new record high prices in the days ahead while some records going back to the run-up of 2008 have already been broken this past week," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

DeHaan said the Great Lakes region should expect more increases of 10 to 20 cents in the next week.

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