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Officials Say Refinery Fire Should Not Affect Gas Prices

Officials Say Refinery Fire Should Not Affect Gas Prices



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Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio

Gas prices are at an all time high, but officials say they shouldn't go up too much after a refinery fire last night.

The fire showed smoke throughout the valley, but Utah Petroleum Association President Lee Peacock says hopefully it won't affect already-high gas prices. "We hate to see any disruption when supplies are as tight as they currently are," Peacock says. He says the fire burned up diesel fuel, and the Silver Eagle Refinery is the smallest in Utah, so those factors should keep this from being too damaging to regular gas prices.

But people filling up today like Chad Niitsuma aren't so sure. "The refinery fire yesterday at Woods Cross, that's another excuse for jacking the price."

According to Peacock, the damage to the refinery could take a while to fix.

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