Gas Prices Soar As Labor Day Weekend Comes To A Close

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SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP -- Taking a trip for the holiday could have you digging deeper in your pockets.

People driving back home on Interstate 81 were in for a little surprise at the pump.

At a gas station on Susquehanna Boulevard near Hazleton, gas prices are $3.

People we spoke with say this jump put a dent in the Labor Day weekend.

“When we drove here we were at $2.16 and now we are at $2.94. It's crazy. It was double the costs for no reason. I just think they are doing it just cause they can right now,” said Tabbitha Johnson of Virginia.

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AAA says gasoline prices are about 50 cents a gallon higher than they were last Labor Day weekend.

The damage from Hurricane Harvey closed some oil refineries in Texas.

AAA says gas prices have gone up more than 25 cents from last week.

With prices going up people are now looking for alternative ways to save at the pump.

“Gas prices always go up a lot faster than they go down again but we drive a Prius,” said Brett Howe of Washington D.C.

As gas prices to continue to rise people are trying to find more ways to save at the pump.

“Just traveling less staying over at my buddies whatever happens,” said Briar Hagan of Sugarloaf Township.

“It's been crazy. It's hard especially people on fixed incomes, it's hard to deal with you have to save pennies in order to pay for gas because you have to go places,” Carrie Machesko, Hazleton

No one knows when gas prices will come down. It all depends on how quickly Houston refiners can get back on their feet.



  • Lance

    If someone would just investigate the speculators and the oil companies greed the price will start to go down. The storm is a great excuse for jacking up the price. We’ve had storms before and besides only 25% is refined there. What about the rest of the country? Why can’t those refineries amp up production. They won’t…. no profit in it.

    • JohnKimball

      I’m not here to defend anybody,’s probably not as easy as just snapping your fingers and amping up production at other refineries. Plus all the gas has to get to the stations in tanker trucks, which all have pre-planned routes. You take and move where 25% of the gas is coming from, and try to still get it to all of the stations that need it on an already-busy weekend requiring more deliveries than usual, and I can see it costing a little more. Again, they make plenty of money and don’t need me to defend them, but it’s a lot more complicated than many people think.

      • Lance

        Well you make a valid point. But i still cannot comprehend why the price should skyrocket in days when the gas that is being delivered was processed well before the storm. It seems that any excuse we will buy into

      • Armstrong

        Most of the gas is pumped through pipes to transport stations. One guy down in Dallas, Herb, he just enters a few commands into his laptop at home and switches some valves to divert the gas in a new direction and destination. He makes $175,238.63 a year. Works about three hours a day. Looks like this year he may get some hefty bonuses.

  • Hairy Mallory

    Maybe a day or two off work isn’t enough of a reason to travel somewhere. Perhaps you ought to pick up a book and relax with some Coffee at home. Hopefully you will consider exercise at some point but you gluttonous swine just don’t understand

      • WarningFakeNews

        Oh, electrics are fine, provided you don’t need much range in the winter time, because electric heat for a vehicle is range-zapping. Gasoline cars have plentiful waste heat from the engine to keep us toasty warm, and there is no diminished range.

        Electrics are often subsidized with our tax dollars, so as to make them close to competitive. Electrics also have the likelihood that they will pollute more over their lifetime, and often have speed limitations, but other than that, they’re great.

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