HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Antonio Delgado from South Point, Ohio, filled his tank and wondered out loud, saying, "It's all a conspiracy. There's lots of price gouging going on."
And that's the perception WSAZ.com ran into Tuesday as gas prices soared across the region. Delgado is a contractor with Time Warner and says it's more difficult to stay above water.
WSAZ.com talked with local retailer Rick Clark. He says the price spike is actually restoring the market price. Most retailers operate at a 1 to 2 percent margin, or actually lose money. But, some like Jeffory Adams are skeptics.
"I don't believe that," Adams said. "They're making money or they wouldn't be selling gas. I guarantee that's not the case."
Delgado said seeing gas range from $3.50 a gallon in parts of the country to nearly $4 a gallon in our region doesn't make sense, especially with a refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky.
Taxes also play a part in price. According to gasbuddy.com, Kentucky charges 24.1 cents per gallon, Ohio charges 28 cents and West Virginia charges 32.2 cents. Gasbuddy.com posts local prices wherever you live, so you can find the cheapest gas. And you also see the range of prices which, according to gasbuddy.com, was 31 cents in Huntington on Tuesday.
But Adams states the real cost.
"You can't travel anymore," he said. "Can't go places you want to go. Can't afford to go out and eat any more because of gas prices."
But at least it's still cheaper than coffee. For some perspective, consider this: 1 pint of Joe costs 99 cents, times 8 pints to a gallon. That's just under $8 a gallon.