Gas prices will soon be going up across the Midwest, including in the metro-east, according to an oil industry expert.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com, said problems at a BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. will disrupt production and drive up prices 15-30 cents a gallon.
As of Wednesday morning, gas prices were as low as $2.54 a gallon at stations in Belleville.
The hike is expected to happen during the next week or so.
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The problem occurred in the refinery’s largest crude distillation unit, DeHaan said. That will cut the plant’s 410,000 barrels-per-day production capacity by more than half.
There is no word about how long it will take to make repairs.