Gas prices to rise in Midwest due to ‘glitch’ at BP Whiting plant

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WHITING, Ind. -- An unplanned outage at BP's oil refinery in Whiting will mean higher gas prices for you.

A unit that distills more than half of the refinery's crude oil suffered a mechanical breakdown, and BP says it may take seven to 12 days to fix it, The Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

In the meantime, gas prices across the Midwest will jump because of the shortage caused by the breakdown.

Tuesday's gas prices in northern Indiana spiked up by 40 cents a gallon.