Rising gas prices affecting travel plans for many Nebraskans
Petroleum business owners are concerned that fuel prices will not come down any time soon.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Gas price increases have had a drastic impact on the personal and professional lives of people across the country – including people in Lincoln.
“Me and my fiance we do a lot of traveling,” Lincoln resident Omar Mora said. “We like going around in the area and out to Colorado. I don’t be doing that no more, the prices are too much.”
Mora and his co-worker Miles Hubbard work for Liberty Lawn & Landscape, a local lawn care company.
They say it costs nearly $200 to fuel up their truck and all of their lawn care equipment.
“We might be seeing some companies going under, just because of gas,” Hubbard said.
Mark Whitehead, president of Whitehead Oil Company says a few factors are at play with the rising prices.
Inflation and supply issues exacerbated by the war in Russia have caused prices to spike by more than a dollar and a half per gallon over the past year, per AAA.
“It has clearly affected the amount that people are driving already,” Whitehead said.
Whitehead fears the worst is yet to come.
“One of the scariest things about this is there has not been any major trauma in the market other than of course, the war in the long term vision on this,” Whitehead said. “If we get hit with a hurricane or a significant pipeline disaster, I shudder to think of what’s going to happen to fuel prices after that.”