Gas Prices Tick Upward

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Gas prices across the state are continuing to rise this week.

The website GasBuddy.com says the average price at the pump is now $4.39 a gallon.

That’s up 27 cents from last month.

Some analysts believe at least part of the increase may be related to the shutdown of the Tesoro refinery.

That includes Patrick DeHaan, a senior analyst at GasBuddy.com.

He thinks prices in Hawaii will soon taper off and begin to come down.

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Governor Abercrombie has created a 29 member task force that is currently looking into the impact Tesoro’s closure will have on Hawaii.

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)