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Paying A Premium for Regular Gas in the North Shore

Gasoline prices are frequently higher in the North Shore than other parts of the Milwaukee metro area.

Living in Shorewood and working in Bayview, I get a good geogrpahical comparison on the varying cost of gasoline.

There are exceptions of course, but the majority of the time, the cost of regular gas at stations in and around Shorewood and Whitefish Bay is about 10 cents per gallon higher, than in the Bayview area and much of the south side.

I don't get to the out-burbs such as Waukesha, Mequon, etc. It would be interesting to hear from other folks on what they have observed in the disparity of gas prices. 

What parts of Milwaukee and the burbs have you noticed that have either much higher or lower costs than the North Shore?

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Adam W. McCoy (Editor) February 09, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Interesting blog David. We recently got a cool new feature on all the Patch sites which actually gives the three cheapest stations for fuel in that particular Patch. It's the "Traffic & Gas" tab at the top of the page.
Jay Sykes February 09, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Consistently, the -highest- price gas in town can be found at the corner of Brown Deer and Port Wash.;these stations are never competitive.
Bob McBride February 09, 2012 at 01:10 PM
From what I've seen of Waukesha County, it's not terribly different from here. Pricing, to the extent that it varies, seems to do so consistently. Like here, I think the more affluent areas tend to have slightly higher gas pricing overall, although, like here, you might find one or two stations that are consistently lower than others in the area. When I was doing a lot of commuting back and forth between WFB and Delafield, for instance, I'd generally fill the tank before heading out there if I could, as it was always more expensive to do so out there.
Vicki Bennett February 09, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I used to commute to Oconowoc. The gas prices west of the North Shore are cheaper, even if it's only a few cents. We're a captive audience here. There's no place to build new competitive stations, so the North Shore stations charge away. Other communities have Sam's and even Pic N Save stations at discounted prices. We're also considered to be more economically able to pay. What business owners need to realize is that there are people out of work and fiscally strapped in our communities too.
David Tatarowicz February 09, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You might want to check out the facts on our oil production --- the US has become a Net Exporter of Petroleum Products since Obama took office !!! USA Today -- Dec by Wendy Koch --"The U.S. exported more oil-based fuels than it imported in the first nine months of this year, making it likely that 2011 will be the first time since 1949 that the nation is a net exporter of such goods, primarily diesel." As for the Keystone Pipeline --- remember the itty bitty gasoline spill on Capitol in Shorewood last summer and how it managed to contaminate numerous buildings and get into the sewer system? Yep lets build a pipeline over the largest source of underground fresh water in the United States -- hey what's a little gas in your drinking water --- right ?
235301 February 09, 2012 at 08:48 PM
David, you do realize why we are now a net exporter? Take a look: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203441704577068670488306242.html We are still the world's largest importer of crude oil. Read the article....becoming a net fuel exporter is actual a result of some really bad economic realities in this country. Low demand in this country coupled with high demand in other parts of the world is prompting our fuel producers to export more fuel because they are getting better prices around the world. And thus we end up paying for it with higher prices. Low demand because, you know, people aren't working and they don't/can't drive their cars places. And less fuel is needed to ship stuff around because people are buying less. And we need less energy to fuel our factories since, you know, they are running at far less than capacity because people just aren't buying stuff. On second thought, you are right, Obama is responsible for this one. Whoo boy, that Obama is a miracle worker.
David Tatarowicz February 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
@235301 I don't disagree with anything you said --- but no matter what the reason we don't need to drill, drill, drill recklessly if we are sending more out than we bring in. And I know you didn't mention the pipeline --- but why are people assuming that the Canadian oil that goes through it will end up being for the benefit of US citizens ? As you say, they can sell it for more overseas, and it is a very high probability that much of that oil will go to other countries once it gets down to the gulf coast --- yet people want to risk our largest underground source of fresh water so we can send Canadian oil products overseas !!!
235301 February 10, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Without that pipeline you do realize where that oil is going? Westward through Canada so that it can then be shipped to China. At least if it flowed through the US we would have the ability to control it's destination. Now we've ceded that control. And we have less access to Canadian oil. I guess we'll just have to buy more from our friends in the ME. That's been working out well for us. Once the economy turns around our consumption is going back up. And we'll need more crude. Now it's not coming from Canada. Perhaps we'll have a chance in a little under a year here to have a do over on this issue.
Tulsa February 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Soak the rich in the Wood ,Quit your crying you people vote for Barry .Called Lyle he will explain things to you.
David Tatarowicz February 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM
@23501 --- oil is going to go to the highest bidder whenever possible -- oil companies are not there to protect the environment, they are there to make money, and the more the better. I don't begrudge them that, just as long as we keep them in check when they want to put profits over our environment. Right now we have an abundance of natural gas here in the US --- some say over 100 years of supply --- but the drillers are burning a lot of it off, to drive the price up!! In the Wall Street Journal the other day they had an article comparing the Chevy Volt with the Chevy Cruz -- apparently, the Cruz with a gas engine gets better over all mileage when driving long distances, at half the price --- this proves that there is still plenty of savings to be had mileage wise in future vehicles, IF the manufacturers actually make them and people buy them -- with the govt mandates on increased mileage there will be a continuing decline in demand for gas here in the states. In Europe they use lots of diesel engines, even their cars --- because they get much better mileage --- approx 30% better --- as diesels increase their presence here in the US, again the demand for oil consumption here will decrease.
Jay Sykes February 10, 2012 at 08:44 PM
We have an oil sands pipeline system that crosses Wisconsin. (2-42"lines for Oil & 1-20" line for diluent). http://www.enbridge.com/~/media/www/Site%20Images/Projects/Maps/AC-SL%20Projects%20Map.ashx
235301 February 10, 2012 at 09:03 PM
The Volt has been an unmitigated disaster. I think they are selling like <100/month. Of course it doesn't help when the government fabricates a story about the batteries catching on fire after accidents. Gas mileage will continue to go up as the CAFE standards force them up. This is essentially the death of the naturally aspirated engine. The auto manufacturers cannot continue to meet the CAFE standards w/o going to more exotic technologies such as turbos. I think some of the new BMWs(yes I know this isn't your average Joe's car) have 4 turbos in them. The result is more maintenance on these engines as their complexity has risen dramatically. That and now the push to put more alcohol in gas(thanks ADM) and we'll be seeing a lot of reliability problems in the future. Let's hope our government and ADM don't push to turn more of our food into diesel fuel as we see more acceptance of diesel in this country.
David Tatarowicz February 10, 2012 at 09:55 PM
23501 --- all good points --- I especially agree with you on the food to fuel situation -- and diesels do run on bio diesel, but also suffer from lower mpg.
Say What? February 12, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Diesels can run on bio diesel, but at a lower mpg...but biodiesel can be made from a food production waste product, not a raw resource. That, in and of itself, is really important. And, the reduction in MPG only comes at higher concentrations. There is evidence to support that at concentrations under B25 that it improves fuel economy.

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