Drivers frustrated over rising gas prices in Las Vegas

CREATED Feb 18, 2013

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Prices at the pump are getting downright painful and drivers want answers.

Prices of $3.64, $3.69 even $3.71 could be seen at some gas stations in Las Vegas.

"They've been jumping up every week. Every time I drive by here, up up up. It looks like it's going to be higher than last year," said local Las Vegan Bill Topper.

Gas prices in Las Vegas have jumped more than 60 cents in a month and stand at 11 cents higher than this time last year. Drivers want to know what's going on.

According to AAA, nationwide refinery maintenance and a rise in crude oil prices are to blame.

The conversion to summer blend gasoline has also driven up the price. Although it's more expensive to produce, it's a little easier on the environment and you may see an improvement in your gas mileage.

The summer driving season is still a ways off and drivers are worried prices for gas will go up even higher before then.

"They're controlling the world with the gasoline. And until we get a better way of lowering these prices, it's hurting everybody, said Topper.

Ed Stuehler is on a road trip fro Oregon. He's happy to fill up in Nevada. "I see gas 25 to 30 cents cheaper here than in Oregon, so be glad you're in Las Vegas," said Stuehler.

Apparently it could be worse. Right now people in Los Angeles are spending an average of $4.28 a gallon.