Unrest in Egypt is to blame for rising gas prices, according to GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan, who says the market is nervous violent protests could spread to other parts of the Middle East. He cites Energy Information Administration data that indicates crude oil inventories have dropped by six percent or 20 million barrels in the last two weeks. DeHaan adds higher crude oil prices in July are being passed on to consumers at the pumps. He says many retailers in Indiana have raised regular unleaded to $3.75 a gallon and adds prices may continue to climb next week.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.