Prices Skyrocket at the Pump

By Nick Hughes |, Sharon Gaeta

Published 07/01 2014 09:45PM

Updated 07/01 2014 09:56PM

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County- Anthony Asuncion drove from Maryland to Wilkes-Barre to visit friends and hopefully find a new place to live in Luzerne County.

He says while he is glad he made the trip, filling up is a chore. 

"It's a joke there is no reason why our gas prices should be this high."

As the tempertures rise this July, so do the prices at the pump.

During the summer months, more Americans hit the roadways, especially  during the Fourth of July holiday driving up the cost.

"I have gone almost five hundred miles now since Saturday and I have spent almost three hundred four hundred dollars in gas," Anthony Asuncion of Maryland, said.

Why are we paying so much per gallon ?

Nina Waskivach of North Penn AAA says, "Right now they are expected to be the highest since 2008 because of everything that's happening over in Iraq and there are very high crude oil prices right now which affect the overall price at the pump."

Triple A experts say the average price at the pump is about three dollars and sixty eight cents.

But, in the coming weeks we could see an increase of ten cents on top of that.
"It's more from our purchasing because that's where we are purchasing the crude oil from so with everything that is happening with the war and overall price and demand it just affects the overall cost," Waskivach said.
Scott Seaman of Old Forge expects to pay more every time he fills up during the summer.

He thinks one way to combat this problem, stop relying on the middle east for crude oil.

"I think we should be getting our own oil we have plenty of it here, but we are depended on them over there for it and it's really messing us up and that's why were paying what were paying."

While we cant do anything about the prices here at the pump, if you have a smart phone and will be traveling this summer.
there is a free app that will give you all the prices at area gas stations around you.

The App is GasBuddy.

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