Gas prices could increase this summer

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - People in Hazard might have noticed higher prices at the pump today, because they went up about 12 cents overnight! Officials say this trend could continue across the country.

Officials say they expect gas prices to continue increasing throughout the summer.

"I just don't see why one day it's $3.29 and the next day it's $3.59. I just don't understand it," said Glenn Philpott, who lives in London.

A CBS report shows falling U.S. Supplies and the increased cost for oil could cause a 15 cent gas price increase.

"Everybody just wants to feed their families and live a good life, but it's hard sometimes," said Rodney Slone, who lives in Hazard.

A report by AAA shows one year ago today, gas prices were nine cents lower. That is something one man from Perry County says he does not understand.

"I think it's ridiculous. The coal companies are having a rough time and with gas prices, I really don't know what poor people are going to do. But I guess we'll make it," said Danny Neace, who lives in Combs.

One person from Perry County says a gas price increase could hurt more than just the wallets of drivers.

"So when the gas prices go up, they tend to stay home. if they stay home, they don't spend as much so in that affect everybody suffers," said Veronique Brewer, who lives in Combs.

Almost everyone says they are paying more attention to prices before they pump.

CBS News reports gas prices have gone up an average of four cents nationwide in the last week.

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