It's something we all have to do: put gas in our vehicles. However, as you might imagine, it's not easy to put in gas when you go to the pumps. The prices are high and are rising here in Western New York

AAA says the national average for a gallon of gas is up seven cents from last week, to $2.97. But why has there been a surge, lately?

WGRZ is reporting that a cyber attack is a big reason to blame. More specifically, a cyber attack that caused the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline that runs from Texas to New Jersey. This pipeline is very important for the east coast gas supply.

The hope is for it to be back up and running with the next few days, but if the shutdown lasts longer, that would create more problems.

The price is $2.89 a gallon at the local gas station I go to near my home in West Seneca. I've been it increase a little at a time over the last few weeks. It's not easy when you drive a lot, which I'm doing more lately as my schedule has gotten more chaotic.

Here's to hoping the price of gas can go back down going into the summer, but with more and more people driving because of the warm weather, vacations, and loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, the gas prices may stay high for a while. We'll have to wait and see.

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