On Wednesday, prices at many Belleville stations jumped 30 or more cents per gallon. Some Belleville stations, which had been selling fuel for as low as $2.15 per gallon, hiked their prices up to $2.49 gallon.
The reason for the hike? It appears that drivers were getting a good deal on fuel. Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, said stations in the area were selling for “far under cost.”
Belleville prices are well over the national ($2.33) and state ($2.41) averages for a gallon of gas. Illinois’ average price is the 13th highest in the nation currently, according to GasBuddy.