Ohio gas prices up for Memorial Day; Columbus not hit by shortage

Freda Walters

Drivers filling their tanks in Ohio haven’t seen particularly dramatic spikes in gas prices as national hikes and shortages follow the shutdown of a major U.S. pipeline over the weekend, but AAA expects prices will continue to rise in the state.

According to the AAA website, the national average for gas prices surpassed $3 on Wednesday morning. Ohio sits about 13 cents under the national average — but state averages rose 4 cents overnight, from $2.83 on Tuesday to $2.87 on Wednesday.  

A cybersecurity attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which provides 45{a248e5b80c230eadd21ddb63dd84d82fc59867695094f52c900e1818e1ed19f8} of East Coast fuel, led the company to shut down operations last Friday. It restarted Wednesday.

The affected Colonial Pipelines gasoline system.

As of Wednesday morning, Columbus and Cleveland prices were on par with the state average, while Cincinnati was slightly higher. Two weeks ago, one gallon of gas cost around $2.80 in Columbus.

Will there be gas shortages in Ohio?

While the cost of fuel is trending upward in Ohio and around the country, AAA Ohio Auto Club Senior Manager of Public Affairs Kimberly Schwind said Ohio is not predicted to see any shortages as a result of the shuttered pipeline.

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