Gas Price Update

June 5th, 2013 at 2:53 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

gas prices Gas has jumped to $4.29 at many stations here in W. Michigan.   The Gasbuddy map shows that Michigan has the highest prices of any state in the U.S. right now.   This is what Ed wrote on Sunday:   “As you may already know, prices spiked up over the weekend. It’s $3.899 in Ohio, $3.999 in Indiana, and $4.159 In Michigan. I’ll get to the reason for that disparity later, but first, to the reason why we spiked up in the first place.  We have seen an enormous rise in spot prices recently, up almost 35 cents in the last week, and 80 cents since mid-April. The big reason for this is refinery issues that have plagued the mid-west, as well as some pipeline issues. Part of BP’s Whiting refinery is due for reopening this month, as is Exxon’s Joliet refinery. This actually helped lower June’s first cycle prices at the beginning of the week, but a round of refiner buying is driving the latest price increase. The EIA supply reports are showing we are low on supply. Rack prices out of Chicago are also rising (I don’t have rack prices closer to Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, unfortunately.)

That being said, we have not seen a corresponding rise in prices at the pump. At least, we aren’t as high as we should be with the current spot price. Indiana has an average of $3.98, and it still is 27 cents lower than the Spike Line. Michigan’s average is $4.15, yet they are 15 cents lower than the Spike Line. Ohio is up to $3.85, yet they are almost 16 cents below the Spike Line. Prices have been lower than the Spike Line for quite a while now. The only reason I have is that some areas are being supplied from outside the region.  That leads me to the reason for the price disparity we are seeing. Ohio is always lower, as they have a lower tax on gasoline. Indiana and Ohio may also be lower than Michigan because they are being supplied in part from the Gulf Coast. They have a spot price almost 70 cents lower than in Chicago. I believe Michigan is not getting supplied by the Gulf coast due to it’s proximity, that is reason enough for the higher price.  So, how long will this last? It is hard to say. With almost 500,000 barrels per day of refinery output allegedly coming back online, relief should be on the way. But that output will take around two weeks to come online. We shall see in the coming week how things work out, and I will keep you posted on what I find.”

If you like, leave a comment and tell us what the price is in your area, esp. if you are from or have traveled outside the West Michigan area.

103 Responses to “Gas Price Update”

  1. Nathan says:

    There is a really wierd cloud in the sky right now, it looks like a line

    1. glenn byxbe says:

      its a crock if you ask me. i wish i could say how much i wanted to spend on my bills. its kind of funny takes months to go down a few cents but takes minutes to raise it 30 cents at a time. i am not buying it. its called greed. how can BP pay 100 million dollar salary to a 90 year old man does he really need it. the oil companies are makeing the largest profits in america. gas prices go up just like changing a babies diaper. never stable

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Of course it’s greed, and it’s prefectly legal. We, the consumers, cannot do anything about it. The govt won’t do anything about it. Entirely too much money and power with the Big Oil lobby.

      2. Ryan (Algoma) says:

        That’s an awesome reply… Didn’t see Nathan say anything about gas prices, Glenn. Anyway, I saw that cloud line too, Nathan. Maybe a front?

    2. brian says:

      I saw the same line come over holland.

    3. Rick K says:

      In TN and SC where I’m traveling I have paid in the range from 2.99 to 3.20 currently!

  2. Becky says:

    I think this is crazy!! Just got back from Tennessee and never paid over 3.29 a gallon until Northern Indiana and that was still 20 cents cheaper than Michigan. There is NO reason for this!!!

  3. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    I just filled up car and gas cans in downtown Allegan for 4.09. And it was crazy busy at the gas stations. Speedway was already up to 4.29. Ouch!

  4. Jeff(Northern Ionia County / Muir) says:

    Not liking these gas prices, I am headed north this weekend. Going to be $90 a fill up. OUCH

  5. Slimjim says:

    What can I say other then ” bend over”

    1. Rad (Hudsonville/Jenison) says:

      They will kiss you when there Done!

  6. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Take your time getting the refineries back online, Big Oil. Capitalism at it’s finest.

    1. Paul says:

      Mark (east Lansing) = bdbc. Another socialist with no agenda but bashing the free market. Btw Mark, aren’t you looking for to the IRS running your healthcare?

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        You are so funny, Skippy. I have never given an inkling as to my political views on this blog.

        What does the IRS have to do with healthcare?

        1. Paul says:

          Mark and Matt = Dumb and Dumber

 Read it slowly Dippy (Mark)

          Matt, tell your president do something about gas prices. He’s looking out for you, right?

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Well. it’ll give them something to do since they can’t target the teabaggers anymore.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          Tweet from Al Gore: “In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?

        4. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Lol, Paul…you have to insult? Real mature. By the way, I didn’t vote for Obama and never would. I am far from “liberal”. So perhaps be a little slower to jump to conclusions?

        5. Paul says:

          So when you say we need “some sort of socialism” to survive, that’s not socialism??? You’re right on one thing, you’re FAR from liberal, lol. You people are weak, sickening.

        6. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Settle down, Paula.

        7. Paul says:

          What’s that little mark?

        8. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          It’s an internet blog. Don’t get your knickers in a bunch.

      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Paul, as long as the gas companies continue to raise their prices, the middle classes are going to increasingly get screwed, and more and more of us are going to HAVE to rely on the gov’t, essentially leading to socialism.

        I can’t make my employer pay me more…I’m working two jobs…unfortunately, the only two entities that can make the prices change are the gasoline/oil business and/or the government. The older I get, the more I realize capitalism can’t exist without some sort of socialism. I definitely don’t want socialism, but this capitalistic government doesn’t exactly work out in some ways (i.e. GREEDY gas/oil companies).

        1. Mike M. says:

          With layers and layers of government regulation and taxation at work here, how can you see this as a failing of capitalism? Ask the BigEvilOil companies if they would like to build more refineries and only be required to produce one grade of gas year round for every state. They’d love it and your price for a gallon of gas would drop. Big time.
          Use your heads, people. When gas was cheap back in the 90′s and the economy was booming do you think the oil companies were complaining? Do you think they let prices stay low back then out of the goodness of their hearts and now they’ve decided to be evil and greedy?
          We need biofuels made out of government bureaucrats and politicians.

        2. fred says:

          Really? CEO’s being paid millions of dollars while their employees make 10, 20, bucks isn’t a failing of capitalism? The earnings between top brass and the average worker is obscene. That is where capitalism is failing and, in my opinion, if we can’t get gas prices down to a two dollar level, the economy is going to continue to be stagnant. Gotta say I’d rather be a socialist than a captalist. At least the socialists care about something more than money.

        3. Paul says:

          Fred = LOSER

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          The liberal CEOs all take millions and pay their workers 10 or 20 bucks an hour. What’s Ted Turner worth? BTW, 20 bucks an hour is $41,600 per year. If you have two spouses making 20K an hour, that’s over 83K a year…a very decent household income. Would you pay everyone on a MLB baseball team the same amount of money? Is Cabrara not many times more valuable to the Tigers than the guy selling peanuts in the stands?

  7. fixxxer says:

    Crazy expensive the past few days. Figures it would go up just as were going to travel friday.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      It’s gonna be an AWESOME show. Have a blast, fizzzer.

    2. Ryan (Algoma) says:

      Fixxxer wears a merkin.

  8. mr. negative says:

    Just set the price at $12.00 per gallon. No one will care, and no one will do a thing about it.

  9. Debra Neal says:

    They can make all the excuses they want to, but it boils down to nothing less than corporate greed! The prices go up when there is a hurricane, when there is unrest in the middle east, etc…. there have been hurricanes since the beginning of time, and unrest in the middle east since there have been middle easterners(those people have NEVER gotten along), so why, all of a sudden do these issues affect gas prices? CORPORATE GREED!!!!!

  10. Clarence says:

    Gas is high because you idiots buy it everyday. I ride with some people who all put in to help the common man. I saw that my stupid son said on the face book that gas is more expensive than weed and that he can float around cheaper. I don’t agree with his ways or anything but he is probably right for once in his pathetic life.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Wow Clarence, tell us how you really feel!

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        lol…Poor Clarence sounds bitter about life.

    2. Ryan (Algoma) says:

      Clarence is an idiot.

      1. Rad (Hudsonville/Jenison) says:

        I Agree, Idiot Troll.

  11. David says:

    If you ask me, keep Patrick DeHaan off TV8, Every time he says the price of gas is going down it spikes UP! Also why does the price jump 30 cents and then down a penny at a time? In my option the price will be around $5.00 by the 4th of July. So much for job recovery in Michigan.

  12. AmazedHuman says:

    Words…nothing but words. There is absolutely no excuse for Michigan’s gas prices being so high beyond greed! I’ve checked with friends all over this country and nobody is paying what we are paying. Period. So I would suggest that we drive less and buy less gas until the price comes down. Which it totally could. There is NO logical excuse for this. None!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Peole in California have been paying a lot more than us for years now. I talked to someone today that lives in Chicago, and said its near 5.00 a gallon now.

  13. Walter says:

    This economy isn’t going to get better until the cost of fuel goes down. As far as I’m concerned the housing market took a dive when gas first hit 3 dollars. I figured our avg bill for gas in both our cars just to get back and forth to work is around 5-600 dollars per month. That’s like making another house payment. This BS needs to stop or they will blame it on another housing crash. These people don’t get it. All they care about is themselves and they have the fat pockets to pay for what they want. It doesn’t bother them while the rest of us suffer.

  14. Brad (Lawrence) says:

    I appreciate the info, but why not just say a camel farted in Saudi Arabia. It’s all the same right???

    1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      Or a seagull pooping on an oil rig…


    These gas prices are hurting bad!! Our car is parked a lot.

  16. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    It hurts me to even go quadding now knowing how much its costing me, let alone drive my gas guzzling truck!

  17. If it were 2.00 to 2.25 we would be in a booming economy

  18. How about we trade smiley because we don’t use him and ship our .175 catcher and get a real catcher who can hit .275

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Is he up to .175? LOL

  19. Battle Creek- i94 says:

    Really.. $4.30 a gallon..

    1. Ryan (Algoma) says:


  20. Brian(Grandville) says:

    There’s a special tribute show on discovery now for the May 31st tornado that took the lives of Tim Samaras and his crew.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Thanks, watching now.

  21. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Drive three miles to work, have sailing and cycling as hobies… Fine with me.

  22. GunLakeDeb says:

    My brother just retired from Exxon-Mobil; he was an engineer at the Joliet refinery which IS shut down for what they call a “turnaround” (routine maintenance). But I had said something, years ago, about prices always going up in the summer to get the tourism dollars; and he said it was actually more expensive to make gas in the summer due to EPA regulations that can be specific to each city. (It seems weird, but Chicago gas is different than Traverse City gas, for example) He said gas would be cheaper, if they simply made ONE type of gasoline, even if it was the highest-EPA grade?!

  23. Mindy ( Mason MI ) says:

    Oh no!!! Tropical Storm Andrea!!! here we go $5.00 a gallon Gas!! Big oil is licking their chops!!!! TOTALY UNCALLED FOR !!!! Hey, Mr. Attorney General, haven’t heard a peep or comment from YOU !!!!! Who’s side are you on ???

  24. Kimeagle says:

    I find it difficult to believe that, with a total of 11 refineries in Indiana and our neighbors (IL,MI,OH) that these refineries are only 83% utilized (vs.refinery utilizations of 91% on the East Coast and Gulf Coast states.) I think the problem lies with those who have their (greedy) hands on the oil spickets. IMHO.

  25. Kimeagle says:

    FWIWD, Steuben Co., IN. – all stations – are at $4.25/gal.

    1. Kimeagle says:

      It is June 8 and prices are still $4.25/gal for regular. in Angola.

  26. Len says:

    Its seems strange that this is the worst state for gas prices now. My kids live in Mississippi and are paying $3.23 a gallon and the one in Philly is paying $3.43 a gallon. Something just doesn’t make sense here!

  27. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    Wow, some areas are seeing $4.39 gas prices in the state!

  28. Interesting how many refineries are having trouble these days. Especially since oil companies are making more money than they ever have. That means they should be working almost perfectly, because they have the money for upkeep. Maybe the CEOs should allocate more money for repair and maintenance instead of new cars, vacations, etc. Just a thought.

    1. Jack says:

      Good Thought, Charles !! Like it, and BINGO!! ;-)

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      That would make too much sense. What’s the latest figure I heard? I believe it was that 5% of the people have 40% of all the wealth. The middle class just doesn’t exist anymore.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Any guess as to what percent of the wealth the top 5% have in Cuba…or North Korea…or Russia? Whatcha think? In the U.S. the top 5 percent paid 40 percent of all federal taxes, despite earning only 26 percent of all income. Rather than waste time detesting “the 5%”, we should work on increasing the wealth of the 95% by creating new wealth (and good jobs – like the thousands of relatively high-paying jobs the Keystone Pipeline would provide), not legally confiscating and often wasting – (see Solyndra, LG Chem, Fisker, etc.) the usually hard-earned money of achievers.

        1. Might be time for you to attend a Bilderberg meeting in the UK, Bill. I hear they are booked for June. You’ll be able to see how the top 120 or so people in the world make decisions based on their own personal interests. Pretty interesting process too I’m told. If you’re into golf, they booked a course for a week, nobody else will be allowed so get your tickets now if you can.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I don’t detest the 5%. I am as about a middle-of-the-road, Gen X as they come. I am merely stating facts. Besides, the self-proclaimed “job creators” have made it perfectly clear that they have no interest in investing in America. Much, much more $$$ can be, and is being made outside the US. Heck, even money makes more money “offshore.”

          Many areas of my beloved country are in dire need of an overhaul.

          P.S. this is being sent by a Verizon device. Hi NSA!

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          I’ve got Verizon, too! I think a lot of businesses are not hiring because the future is foggy (weather term). Where is “Obamacare” going? What is that extra employee going to cost me? What new regulations and mandates are coming down the pike? Look at the number of businesses going to more part-time or thinking of going to part-time workers. When you have a sitting DEMOCRATIC U.S. Senator say that he fears Obamacare is headed for a ‘Huge Train Wreck’ (, you’ve got to be concerned about what your business will face.

        4. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Most everyone makes decisions based on their own personal interests. Is there a dollar limit on that?

        5. Paul says:

          Good grief Charles, are you serious? Bilderberg??? Please keep that crap on “Infowars”.

        6. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I concur, Bill. In all my years (not that many), I’ve never witnessed so much uncertainty in the US. Not just from corporate America but from our citizens. It seems we’re lacking confidence, optimism, and direction. And I don’t think it’s an Obama (hi NSA) thing. It’s been this way for quite some time.

        7. Brad says:

          Wow, Bill. That’s some arrogant, ideological BS. Everybody just needs to try harder, and the magic wealth fairy will sprinkle a little capital dust on everyone, eh? I’m pretty sure we have a fair grasp of the structure of modern economies, so let’s focus on reality. Let’s also keep in mind that global capital is stateless and has no particular affinity or affection towards any particular nation-state. They’d prefer we all play by the same non-regulation and that pesky elected governments have no authority to monitor and corral their behavior. Global capital is reordering global government and that is not a win for patriots. Remember, the wealthiest citizens of this country have a lot more in common with the wealthiest citizens of other countries than they do with most of us. Look at the efforts the über-wealthy went to to rehabilitate Moammar Gaddafi of all people.

        8. Paul says:

          I get a kick out of mark, he says he doesn’t give his political opinions on this blog. Then he goes on these rants of how bad capitalism is and thinks obama isn’t to blame for harassing private citizens or killing four true Americans in Benghazi. Either he’s stupid (likely) or he’s a radical.

        9. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          That’s really funny Paul because I never said any of those things.

        10. Paul says:

          Sorry little fella, you did.

        11. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Um, no I did not. Keep up the good work. You’re well on your way to overtaking Fixxxer as the least-liked person on this blog.

        12. Paul says:

          I see, Dippy (mark) determines who the most dis-liked person is on the blog. Seems to me mark that you’re the only one trolling me mark. Get a girlfriend or whatever your preference is, lol.

        13. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Are you flirting with me? I’m flattered, but I am married. Thanks anyway.

        14. Paul says:

          Wishful thinking little man and your blow up doll doesn’t count.

        15. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Serious mommy issues with this one.

        16. Paul says:

          Sounds like serious Daddy issues for you mark.

  29. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    For the record, I think both parties are self-serving, arrogant, and only care about themselves or how the can hurt the other. I like certain ideas from each party but until they can learn to compromise and do as their constituents desire (a novel idea), this country is in a world of hurt.

    1. Brad says:

      As long as people keep relating to a “brand” (the political party) we’ll stay on this path. Political parties = big business. Big $.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Stay classy, Paula.

        2. Paul says:

          Stay classy little man.

        3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I refuse to lower myself to your level and dish out grade school insults. Thanks for playing, though.

        4. Paul says:


        5. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Thanks for reinforcing my point.

        6. Paul says:


        7. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          How old are you? 12? 13?

        8. Paul says:

          “How old are you? 12? 13?” LOL

        9. michael g (SE GR) says:

          He’s probably a fully grown adult, just with “special needs”.

        10. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Paula that is.

        11. Paul says:

          Hey mikey, which one is you in the picture?

          mike = dumb azz

  30. Kim says:

    We have so much in the reserves and in the ground here in the States but we’re not allowed to touch it. It isn’t because of supply and demand which by the way is down. It isn’t because of the Middle East. It is because many of the politicans have their monies invested in oil so naturally they’re not going to touch their lining! It is becaus of peer GREED!!!!

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      “peer greed”, no doubt.

  31. Alger Dave says:

    Until gas prices go back down, I’m crawling everywhere. It’s a protest against high gas prices that I learned from the guy who crawled from Battle Creek to Albion to protest the high school shutting.

  32. JIMBO says:

    Are we to young or just forgot? The HOUSE and SENATE missed by 2 votes to over ride William Clintons “VETRO” of the ‘best energy bill ever’. It would have made gas $1.35 to $1.65 a gallon and ELECTRIC bills 30% less. AND HAD THE ARABS and CHINA buying from US the USA. We only have (8)THOUSAND years of oil under our feet. That make Mr. green AL GORE nervous.
    God Bless America.. AGAIN.. SOON..

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Ya, all those resources under our feet, but they’re worried about a flower that blooms 2 weeks out of the year, or harming a bug. Good grief.

  33. Steven Neve says:

    So how are the highest gas prices in the nation affecting the tourist industry here in Michigan?
    If I didn’t live here I sure wouldn’t want to drive in to or around this state on vacation!

  34. rick says:

    left michigan thursdsy night, saw prices from 4.29 in michigan to as low as 3.40 in wyoming back to around 4.00 in idaho

  35. Anne says:

    Try living in the UK …USD 2.14 a litre !!!

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