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Gas Prices Are On The Rise
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 05, 2013 @ 7:14PM
Created on July 05, 2013 @ 5:30PM

One subject most drivers hate to talk about is gas prices. Of course since it's a holiday weekend that many people travel for, those prices have gone up. But that sudden rise may not just be because of the holiday weekend.

"It was $3.20 something here just about 3 or 4 days ago and now it's up to $3.40 something," said Paulette Ferrell, Harrison County Resident.

Our mountain state wasn't even one of the eight that increased their gas tax this week, but most people think the increase is just because of the 4th of July weekend.

"It's always low then when it's time for the holidays they raise it, shoot it sky high like ten or 15 cents more than what it should be," said Ferrell.

"Conveniently right around a holiday. I don't know how those things happen right around a holiday. So when they know more people are driving. Hmm, just saying," said Barb Bonshire, Illinois Resident.

The holiday does play into it, but for the first time in over a year gas went to over $100 a barrel. And some experts are saying prices spiked because of fear that the turmoil in Egypt could disrupt the flow of oil in the Mideast. Regardless of the reason, people around here aren't happy about it.

"They raise the price here in West Virginia so high people cant afford to make them. We're just a small town. I think they need to put the price down where people can afford it because theres a lot of people on fixed income," said Ferrell.

Some people from out-of-state said they aren't happy with the prices either.

"We're from Oklahoma. Down there we're looking at $3.19- $3.29. Kind of shocking when we come up here and we're paying 20 or 30 cents more a gallon for it," said Jerry Pepin, Oklahoma resident.  

While others said it's nice to see something under $4.  

"We've seen them lower on the trip than here, but this is lower than in Illinois all over. In Chicago, we've seen it $4.99. It's got up to that high," said Scott Bonshire.

I was afraid that all our money was going to be spent on gas driving here. We were so shocked that the gas was so less expensive compared to what we're used to," said Barb Bonshire.  

Overall the people 5 News spoke with said they don't like what's going on, but they can't do anything about it.

"I think they need to come down on the prices for the people here of West Virginia," said Ferrell.

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