Pump prices up as Isaac nears

Published 08/28 2012 04:32PM

Updated 08/28 2012 10:27PM

Update: 4:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD -- Hurricane Isaac is causing some big waves at the pump. Gas is expected to go up throughout the week. Experts say the increase is only temporary.

But, that's not bringing much relief to people filling up at the pumps. The hurricane hasn't even made it to shore, but the storm is already causing damage to driver's wallets.

"I don't see why the gas prices should have to go up because of the hurricane," said Lawrence Carter.

Carter just moved here from Chicago where he was paying about $4.50 a gallon.

"You got rent, you got living expenses, and you got gas. It's the highest bill of the month," he said.

Experts say the prices won't be going down anytime soon, in fact, they may be going up. That's because oil companies on the gulf coast have had to slow production.

"It really wasn't a shock to me because I knew with the hurricane down south that the prices would go up," said Roma Kya.

Gas prices have already jumped seven cents in the past two weeks. Drivers around the country are now paying an average $3.75 a gallon.

"You have people that live outside of town boundaries that need to get in and they're paying these prices and they don't know so they have to re-budget constantly," she said.

She says the government should be doing more to offer a little relief to drivers.

"I think there should be stricter regulations. The economy is bad now and they like to keep going after the middle man, but soon, there's not going to be anyone to go after," said Kya.

Experts say it's too soon to tell when gas prices will go back down, it all depends on the damage left behind.

Original: 12:39 pm
SPRINGFIELD -- Tropical Storm Isaac could affect your next trip to the pump. Over the past two weeks, prices have jumped $.07, and it could get worse.

According to the Lundberg Survey, the average price for a gallon of unleaded is $3.76. Currently, in Springfield, prices are $3.99 at some stations.

The storm has forced oil companies to evacuate workers and close rigs. So far, about 24% of current daily oil production and 8% of natural gas production has come to a halt.

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