Chicago gas prices soar for summer

Gas prices are on the rise in Chicago as the summer driving season begins.
April 22, 2014 4:17:14 PM PDT
Chicago area gasoline stations switch to the summer blend as mandated by the Clean Air Act. On this Earth Day, senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said the more expensive summer blend is the price drivers pay for cleaner air.

"We've all seen pictures of China and the smog in the air. It's really a choice we have. If we don't burn clean-burning gasoline, air is going to be terrible."

The BP refinery in Whiting, Ind., is one of the largest in the area. This will be its first season using less expensive Canadian crude oil, which is expected to keep prices in our area down compared to previous summers.

But there are many factors that go into gas prices, including demand. According to AAA Chicago, the area saw a big jump in travel this spring.

"People wanted to escape and get away to warmer weather," said Beth Mosher, spokesperson for AAA Chicago. "We'll know more when we get information regarding Memorial Day travel."