Huge gaps between gas prices throughout Michiana and Indiana

Indiana lawmakers have been meeting in the state capital, hoping to find answers to the disparity between gas prices across the state.

In Indianapolis alone, gas prices ranged everywhere from $2.99 to $3.29 a gallon Wednesday.

Representatives of Indiana's oil and convenience stores blame drastic and sudden changes in the price of crude oil, on top of intense competition between stations.

One representative says everyone raises prices until competition pushes them down again, but that doesn't address why gas can be more expensive in one community than another.

"I mean, that's a burning question within the hearts of Hoosiers," said one lawmaker.

"Prices are falling sharply in some markets, and some are able to hang on margins longer than other markets are," said Scot Imus of Indiana Petroleum Marketers.

Despite the hours of testimony, lawmakers say they saw no evidence of price fixing and said they just don't have a lot of control over the cost of gas.

How big a difference will you find around Michiana?

According to gasbuddy.dot.com, on Wednesday morning
the Pilot Station on U.S. 30 in Plymouth was selling regular unleaded for $2.99 a gallon.

But at the 7-11 on East Jefferson in South Bend, a gallon of unleaded was going for $3.55 a gallon.

That's a difference of 56 cents. By the way, the two stations are only 27 miles apart.


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