NewsHigher wholesale price tagged with the blame for higher gas pump prices SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2021 The price of a litre of gasoline had apparently not gone up yet in Cochrane when this photo was taken Tuesday afternoon. Some stations in Timmins and other communities saw a jump of ten cents or more. (Tim Rout, MyCochraneNow.com staff)Area gas prices have started shooting up by a dime or more, into the high $1.20s range.Dan McTeague of Canadians For Affordable Energy says it’s because of an increase in the wholesale price. And that’s partly because of increased demand in the United States, as more people are vaccinated against COVID-19. All of that filters down to our region.“Most gas stations are having to buy their fuel right now for $1.22 to $1.23 taxes in, without a retail margin,” McTeague explains. “That doesn’t even cover the cost of paying the electricity to turn on your pumps.”Nor, says McTeague, does it pay the two- or three-cent a litre cost of accepting credit cards.“All told, I’m not surprised at $1.27. But gas stations are really price takers, not price makers.”That $1.27 McTeague mentions was the price some stations were charging at the time of our interview with him.