(Bismarck, ND) — North Dakota residents are currently dealing with above-average gas prices. According to North Dakota Petroleum Council president Ron Ness, increased regulation of the petroleum industry under the Biden administration is to blame. With gas currently at 40-cents above normal, the price hike is creating issues for state locals and visitors alike. Locals say activities such as hunting and fishing are now more expensive ventures, while out-of-towners are paying more just to pass through the state. Triple-A officials are recommending that people shop around for the best prices, even if that means waiting in line at the pump.