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Monday
Dec312012

Average Gas Prices Up Four Cents

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Across the country, the price of regular unleaded has risen four cents in the past week.  The Energy Department says the biggest increase came in the Lower Atlantic where drivers have seen prices increase 7 cents since last Monday.  

Nationwide, drivers are now paying $3.30 per gallon. The most expensive gas is in New York State at $3.70 per gallon.  The Gulf Coast is paying only $3.10.
 
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Monday
Sep242012

Average Price of Gas Down 5 Cents

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The much-anticipated gas price drop is here.
 
The weekly average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.83, down five cents compared to a week ago, according to the Department of Energy.  This price is still up 32 cents from a year ago.
 
Crude oil has been trading lower in recent days, so analysts say these lower prices are likely here to stay for a bit.

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Monday
Aug132012

Gas Prices Climb to $3.72 a Gallon

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Gas prices are continuing to climb across the United States. The average price of a gallon of gasoline is $3.72, up seven cents from a week ago, according to the Department of Energy.

In the U.S., the price of gas in California continues to be the highest. The average price of gas on the West Coast rose to $3.95, up 19 cents from the previous week. Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation’s largest oil refineries.

Meanwhile, the same U.S. Chemical Safety Board team that investigated the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico was standing by with state and company inspectors waiting for structural and environmental tests to see if it was safe to enter the unit. In all, five separate investigations will be done to determine the cause and effects of the Monday night blaze at Chevron’s Richmond refinery.

The Rocky Mountain region, according to the Department of Energy, saw a decline in the price of gasoline for the fourth consecutive week.

The Gulf Coast saw an eight cent decline in gas prices, ending the week of Aug. 13 at $3.49.

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Monday
Mar052012

National Gas Price Weekly Average Is $3.79

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Gas prices continue to move upward, settling at an average price of $3.79 a gallon, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Monday.

Some consumers have been paying more than $4 a gallon for weeks. This week's average price for regular gas was up 27 cents from a year ago, and up 7 cents from last week.

GasBuddy, which provides local prices online and through its mobile app, shows an increase of 5 cents per gallon on average from last week.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, said every community in California is now above $4 a gallon. Gas prices in other metropolitan areas are rising as well. Chicago is now above $4, a 45-cent-a-gallon rise in a month, DeHaan said.

Gas prices are still "playing a game of catch-up" to oil and wholesale gas prices, which have risen sharply in the past few weeks, DeHaan said. Oil prices are up more than 2 percent in the past year.

Light, sweet crude oil futures for April ended the week Friday at $106.70, according to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, down from its highest settled price last week of $108.84 Thursday.

Geopolitical concerns have helped to drive up oil prices as the showdown over Iran continues. The head of the United Nation's nuclear agency, Yukiya Amano, said early Monday that he has "serious concerns" about new activity related to nuclear weapons development. Fear is growing that Israel's air force might strike Iran to try to destroy its nuclear facilities.

Iranian officials have warned for months that they would close a key oil passageway, the Strait of Hormuz, if their country is threatened. The strait connects to the Persian Gulf and handles about a fifth of the world's oil in transit.

If Iran becomes more hostile and causes a supply disruption, oil prices could soar to all-time highs and approach $175 to $200 a barrel, DeHaan said.

Iran holds the world's fourth-largest proven oil reserves, and the world's second-largest natural gas reserves, according to the Energy Information Administration.

GasBuddy has forecasted 2012 to be the "worst" year for gas prices.

The real annual average for a gallon of regular gas last year hit $3.56, up from $2.90 in 2010, according to the EIA. From its data that begins in 1919, the previous record high was in 1981, at $3.45.

Gasoline prices had the longest stretch of days of $4 or more in 2008, but the yearly average was $3.24, according to GasBuddy's data, which goes back to 2000.

Gas prices slid in October to December 2008 to less than $2 a gallon nationally.

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