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Harvey Leads To Gas Price Surge, Says AAA

Sep 09, 2017 04:34AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Gas Prices

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by AAA Northeast.)

The impact of Hurricane Harvey is being felt at gas pumps across the nation, and Massachusetts drivers are paying on average 44 cents more than they did just a week ago, according to AAA Northeast.

AAA Northeast’s September 5, 2017 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.70 per gallon, 44 cents more than last week and the highest price recorded locally in two years. Massachusetts’s price is five cents above the national average of $2.65. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 59 cents lower, at $2.11.

“It’s important to remember that the high prices are not caused by gasoline supply, but by the ability to move the fuel from the Gulf coast to the eastern seaboard,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “As refineries come back online and the Colonial Pipeline resumes operations, those issues will eventually be resolved. We would hope and expect that these spikes are short-term and prices will soon return to their traditional post-Labor Day levels.”

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 36 cents, from a low of $2.53 to a high of $2.89. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self-Serve
Grade
$2.70 ($2.53-$2.89)
Regular Unleaded
$2.89 ($2.73-$3.09)
Midgrade Unleaded
$3.04 ($2.75-$3.29)
Premium Unleaded
$2.74 ($2.53-$3.01)
Diesel



AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

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