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Gas prices on the rise

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Gas prices are on the rise again and AAA forecasts that they’ll continue climbing for the next week.

Gas prices tend to spike in the spring. An AAA report notes that refineries are required to change to summer-blends of gas by May 1. So many of them go down for maintenance now, which drives prices up. AAA says they will rise about 10 cents more before leveling off.

The average price in Pennsylvania is $3.72 a gallon.

“I can’t afford to fill my tank up,” says Lonie Perkins of Dover Township, York County. “It takes about $60 to $65  to fill this up. I just can’t do it. I’ll put $10 to $20 in every now and then but that’s it.”

You can compare gas prices in central PA at Gas Buddy. In the York area alone, there’s about a 30-cent difference between the lowest and highest prices.

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7 Comments to “Gas prices on the rise”

    mrsklj said:
    April 27, 2014 at 9:54 PM
    AKA John Galt said:
    April 27, 2014 at 9:55 PM
    Johnnomads said:
    April 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Could be worse, petrol in the UK is $13 a gallon.

      Al P said:
      April 28, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      Non sequitur. This is not the UK

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    April 28, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Just noticed this? They've been rising fast for a couple of weeks.

    Why is it that in the Fall, it is reported that rising prices are due to changing to the Winter blends and in the Spring, it is reported that rising prices are due to changing to Summer blends? I guess we are dumb enough to accept those reasons, not that we have any choice for any reasons given.

      Joe said:
      April 28, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      There are two reasons. First, PA raised the fuel tax by $.30 on Jan. 1. making PA the 2d highest fuel tax in the US. Second, EPA mandates 14 different fuel blends for summer and refineries must gear up for that every year. With no new refineries in many years, those we have must serve the blends to different states. In fall, those blends are no longer used and prices come down.

    yupp said:
    April 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    I don't understand, does China require the same summer/winter fuel blends? Since that is where most of the gasoline is going why do we have to pay to change it over?

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