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Gas prices up nearly $5 across California. Central Valley residents react

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FRESNO, California (KSEE) – As you may have noticed, gas prices gone up in California.

On Sunday, according to AAA, the average reached about $4.18 across the state and in some areas, drivers are paying as much as $5 a gallon.

Usually at this time of year we see prices at the pump plummet, not sky rocket. That’s because prices tend to spike in the summer and drop in the fall.

According to AAA, gas prices in California are the highest since May 2014. Many believe it’s due to a number of refinery outages tightening the gas supply in the market.

“I think it’s just like crazy, just too much tax on everybody, both federal and state, so it just increases every time,” says Denny Vejar, Tulare resident.

Just last month gas was about $3.63 a gallon, according to AAA, but as of Sunday it’s at $4.18, that’s a nearly 15% increase, or about 57 cents more out of our pocket.

“It does suck when you have to travel somewhere or like just every day commute to much, it just like, after a while it just adds up,” Vejar said.

“Usually I put in $20, but now it’s like I can only put so much now, usually I get like 6 gallons out of that but now it’s only 4, paying like $4 or $5 a gallon that’s that’s tough,” says Tee Chong, a Fresno resident.

Reports from the past two weeks say several refineries that supply the west coast had simultaneous unexpected outages, impacting the fuel supply.

California also requires cleaner gas with few emissions which also impacts the price, but some drivers think it’s unfair.

“Other states they don’t have to pay as much as we do,” Vejar expressed.

Jonathan Yacoby isn’t used to paying so much. He’s visiting from Oregon and says their gas is less than $3.

“I’m glad that I don’t have to keep paying these prices,” he says.

As for when gas prices will drop even just a little, reports say it could be sometime at the end of the week.

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