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Wisconsin gas prices back below $4-gallon

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin’s average gas price dropped below four-dollars a gallon this morning. The Triple-“A” said regular unleaded sold for a statewide average of 3.99-point-seven – down from 4.01-point-two yesterday.

Prices hovered about four-dollars since late last week, after a refinery near Chicago was shut down longer than expected for maintenance. Gas Buddy analyst Tom Kloza said the refinery at Joliet Illinois is back online, and another large refinery in northwest Indiana vows to ramp up production soon after its maintenance work is done. Kloza said this is the busiest refinery reconfiguring period we’ve seen in a generation – and he added that “the worst is over.” A year from now, Kloza said we should all benefit from the cheap crude oil that’s flowing from Canada.

Meanwhile, folks in neighboring Michigan are not lying down and accepting the higher gas prices. A Republican state lawmaker is drafting a bill to encourage a new oil refinery to locate there. Democrats question whether Michigan’s attorney general is doing enough in investigating high prices.