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Reasons for the rise in gas prices

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Reasons for the rise in gas prices
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The sudden rise in gas prices has led to more than a few people wondering what's happening when they pull up to the pump, it's also highlighting big differences in price across the region. Our Andrew Sorensen joined us from Canastota to fill us in on why filling up is suddenly more expensive.

NEW YORK STATE -- The price of revving up your engine just keeps going up.

“Part of life that you deal with. You just have to roll with it at this point,” said Adam Brissett.

On average, prices are up 10 to 15 cents in just last month.

Brissett said, “It's a tough spill... pill to swallow. Especially on a long trip like this, you know, we're driving up from Boston to Rochester. It's a grind.”

And it's leaving a lot of people wondering why.

“You hear different rumors like there's always oil out there, but they just keep adding prices for some reason,” Aaron Austerman said.

We asked a gas price expert at Le Moyne College. She said prices are on the rise because of a recovering global economy. Growing economies, in particularly India and China, are driving up demand faster. On top of that, this is the time of year refineries close down for cleaning, so there's less gas out there. But some people still have issues with the big discrepancies they're seeing locally.

“Some people say it's the lack of competition among retailers. Some say it's harder to get here than other parts of the state,” State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said.

Brindisi says the Mohawk Valley is seeing prices 10 to 15 cents higher than other places.

“Those excuses don't really add up to me, so I want to do a little more investigation as to find out why we're so much higher,” said Brindisi.

He's asked the Attorney General to look into why they're seeing the third highest prices in the state when they're right on the Thruway.

“There may be a very legitimate reason for it, or it might be price gouging,” Brindisi said. “I really don't know at this point.”

But as you go up north...

“I think we're getting ripped off!” George Gould said.

People say they're sick of paying over four dollars to fill up.

“I think up here in Northern New York, they're taking a little bit of advantage of it,” Shawn Forkell said.

But most people say there's not much you can do.

Forkell said, “Gotta deal with it. You know, gotta work.”

Prices are expected to go back down in March and April as refineries open up again.

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