Solar eclipse linked to higher gas prices in Vancouver

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      Motorists are experiencing a bit of a shock when they pull into local gas stations.

      That's because the price of filling up the tank has risen significantly over the past week.

      According to, it's reached $1.39 per litre in the Lower Mainland.

      The price is up five cents a litre from last week and remains well above the national average of $1.08 per litre. senior analyst Dan McTeague told Global B.C News that the hike in retail gas prices is attributable, in part, to tomorrow's solar eclipse.

      That's because gas stations in the Pacific Northwest are loading up on supplies in expectation of increased traffic, which is enabling oil companies to sell their product at higher prices.