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Michigan gas prices will rise by 5 cents

The BP-Husky refinery is pictured Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in Oregon, Ohio.  A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday evening, injuring two people, and the facility was shut down on Wednesday.

A fire and explosion at an oil refinery near Toledo on Tuesday killed two people and forced the shutdown of a BP facility, raising additional concerns about how it will affect Midwest gasoline supplies and prices at the pump, which have been in decline for most of the summer.

In one day, AAA spokeswoman Adrienne Woodland told the Free Press, the average price of regular unleaded gas in Michigan rose 5 cents to $3.85 a gallon as a result of the outage, according to the Motor Club’s National Analyst. AAA tracks prices nationwide.

It is not clear how long the high prices will continue.

But analysts at AAA predicted the Ohio refinery shutdown could continue for two weeks.

The Husky Toledo refinery, one of about 130 in the United States, is unlikely to have a major impact on the nation’s average gas price, which fell to $3.64 on Monday for the 14th consecutive week and the longest decline since 2015, according to gasoline price tracker GasBuddy.

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