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Gas prices rise as California sees refinery outages cause spike

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BALTIMORE, MD—For the second straight week, the nation’s average price of gasoline has risen, climbing 4.6 cents from a week ago to $3.83 per gallon this week according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million individual price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

The national average is down 1 cent from a month ago but 19.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has increased 9.9 cents in the last week and stands at $4.53 per gallon, 42.1 cents lower than one year ago.

“The national average rose slightly over the last week due to continued refinery challenges in the western U.S. that have pulled gas prices up considerably in some states, while some 1 in 5 states have seen average gasoline prices decline in the last week,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

“With the transition back to cheaper winter gasoline now upon us in nearly every state, we should see prices eventually cooling back off – but if refinery issues continue to develop or linger, especially now that we’re entering maintenance season with less available capacity online, the expected decline could certainly be offset,” De Haan added. “In addition, with oil prices now above $91 for the first time in nearly a year, there remains some offset from the rising price of oil thanks to Saudi Arabia and Russia’s war on low oil prices, now in its third month.”

The most common U.S. gas price encountered by motorists stood at $3.69 per gallon, up 10 cents from last week, followed by $3.59, $3.49, $3.39, and $3.89 rounding out the top five most common prices. The median U.S. gas price is $3.69 per gallon, up 9 cents from last week and about 14 cents lower than the national average. The top 10% of stations in the country average $5.39 per gallon, while the bottom 10% average $3.25 per gallon. The states with the lowest average prices: Mississippi ($3.28), Georgia ($3.34), and Louisiana ($3.37). The states with the highest average prices: California ($5.58), Washington ($4.99), and Nevada ($4.78).

See previous gas price reports here

In the Baltimore metro area, the cheapest gas this week could be found at the following locations:

Lowest Baltimore Gas Prices 20230918

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