Refinery issues pushing Michigan gas prices higher

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CHICAGO, Ill. – While gas prices jumped in West Michigan Tuesday, experts are expecting more jumps in our region over the next week. reports that this past Saturday, the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana had to shut down a “crude distillation unit” for “unplanned and unexpected repairs.”  This unit reportedly refines 240,000 barrels a day.  The refinery normally refines 430,000 barrels a day, putting it at 44% of capacity. says prices are likely to spike in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin and possibly even Kentucky and Missouri into the next week.  Patrick DeHaan tweeted just before 1:00pm that gas is spiking to $2.99 today in Michigan.

According to, there are other midwest refineries having issues as well.  A Phillips 66 refinery near St. Louis is rumored to have ongoing maintenance and a Marathon refinery in Robinson, Illinois has planned maintenance this week.  If the Marathon refinery doesn’t push its maintenance back, gas prices could go higher.

AAA Michigan says the shutdown in Whiting could take a month or so to fix.  It is expected to at least last a few weeks.

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  • Kevin

    These refineries are manufacturers. In my world of manufacturing if I can or cannot meet the ship quantities required by the customer I get funded. How does it work that when they screw with in planed down time with unplanned down time we have to pay

  • VoltMan

    Just a way to get more money out of all of us , Well kiss my ASH I drive a Volt , 4221 since last fill up and sill on a 1/2 tank .
    Cant wait for the bolt , lease all most up.