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      Oil Refinery Maintenance May Be Cause of Increase in Gas Prices

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      Gas prices in Nebraska have risen an average of 15.3 cents per gallon in the past week.

      GusBuddy's daily survey of 1,150 gas outlets throughout Nebraska has the average price in Nebraska at $3.34 per gallon. This is higher than the national average, which is sitting at $3.31 per gallon and only rose 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week.

      Analysts at GasBuddy.com believe the cause may be due to refinery maintenance.

      GasBuddy.comSenior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said, "Refinery production has taken ahit in the last week as companies begin looking towards the summer drivingseason, utilizing this time of year for maintenance and any upgrades beforegasoline demand races higher for the summer season."

      Gas prices on Sunday were 7.1 cents per gallon higher than the same dayone year ago and are 15.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

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