Maintenance Causes Gas Price Spike, to Level in June
There is a reason for why gas prices are always higher in March in April. Senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan, says that it is during those months that most refineries conduct maintenance and partially shut down to prepare for summer. DeHaan says refineries are transitioning to cleaner burning, more expensive summer gasoline required by the EPA. Plus, demand for gas is much higher during the summer. That combination puts more pressure on refineries as they transition to summer blends. DeHaan says prices will begin to level out and drop off in June.