If you fueled up this past weekend you were probably surprised at the cost to fill up! Gas prices soared to over $1.30 in parts of Hamilton in the last 36 hours, and unfortunately it appears the prices won’t be going down any time soon.
Turns out that Hamilton isn’t the only city affected; gas prices went up all across North America in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The storm disrupted oil refineries and pipelines on the Gulf Coast and caused some of the biggest pipelines to shut down or reduce operations.
In fact, according to Reuters, one-quarter of U.S. refining capacity was shuttered due to the storm.
There is no way to predict how long the price hike will last. High prices are set to remain until there’s a clearer idea about how much Harvey damaged oil refineries.
Here is some of the reactions on Twitter:
Mayor Fred Eisenberger says gas prices have had a "dramatic" impact on transit ridership and purchase of cars. #HamOnt
— Kevin Werner (@WerkHCN) January 27, 2017
— Johnny Bingo (@TheBingoLife) September 3, 2017
Gas prices!?! Seriously. #hamont
— Koolaid To Kale (@LyndaNarducci) September 2, 2017
Gas is over $1.30 in #HamOnt this morning.
— Chris (@COverholster) September 5, 2017