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STATEWIDE — If you think gas is expensive throughout Indiana right now, you’d be right, but it could be a lot worse.

The national average price for unleaded gas rose to 6-cents in the last week to $2.55 a gallon, which is the highest the average has been since the start of the new year. In Indiana it’s about 11-cents cheaper, sitting at $2.44 a gallon.

According to Patrick DeHaan, an oil analyst with Gas Buddy, Indiana is being spared of the wrath of oil refinery issues around the country.

“Several perhaps major refinery issues flared up over the weekend, including fires at two facilities that could push wholesale gasoline prices up notably, mainly in the Pacific Northwest and the Gulf Coast,” DeHaan said. “This is the time of year that energy markets are very sensitive to such unexpected outages.”

DeHaan said many refineries are performing annual maintenance which is already putting a squeeze on their ability to produce enough gasoline to keep prices low.

The most expensive gas is in California at over $3.30 a gallon. 

In Indiana, the cheapest gas is in Muncie. A McLure station has unleaded going for $2.04 a gallon. That’s followed by several other stations in Muncie selling it for $2.09. 

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