New Gas Legislation Aims to Stop Future Pain at Pump

By KBJR News 1

New Gas Legislation Aims to Stop Future Pain at Pump

May 23, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The average gas price for regular, unleaded fuel in Minnesota is currently over four dollars a gallon and as we head into one of the busiest travel weekends of the year many are wondering what impact this might have on holiday weekend tourism.

The measure would require refineries to report their maintenance schedules to the Department of Energy in an effort to avoid future simultaneous closures that could drive gas prices up.

Experts are blaming temporary maintenance shut–downs of three Midwest refineries for the recent spike in gas prices.

The bill would also require refineries to immediately tell the Department when they're experiencing any unplanned outages.

Senator Klobuchar says she has spoken with Exxon, BP, and the Koch Brothers about the growing concern over gas prices.

She also spoke with them about the possibility of having gas reserves to avoid shortages.