Pain at the pump

Pain at the pump has never been this bad, as drivers in the Lower Mainland watched gas prices jump to a nearly-record-setting 154.9 cents a litre.

CTV Vancouver spoke with Dan McTeague with GasBuddy.com who says prices will likely continue to rise.

"We will probably hit the all-time high gasoline prices [of 155 cents a litre] seen on June 22, 2014," he said. "Perhaps as early as next week."

The recent price spike is being blamed on area plants which are down for maintenance and the supply can't keep up with demand.

On Saturday, RCMP arrested more than two dozen people protesting an expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline which carries bitumen from Alberta to B.C.'s coast. 

McTeague says expanding the pipeline could bring some relief when it comes to gas prices.

"If you want prices down, get the doubling of the pipeline built," he said.

Gas wasn't much cheaper in the Fraser Valley, where prices hovered around 147 cents a litre.

McTeague advised motorists that a trip to the U.S. to fuel up could prove worthwhile. 

He said you can save about $25 on a 60-litre tank by fueling up south of the border.

Gas prices in the Okanagan are around the 124.9 cents a litre, give or take a few cents depending on which area you are in. 

—with files from CTV Vancouver

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