Gas prices are on the rise, again

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Average retail gasoline prices in Tacoma have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 271 gas outlets in Tacoma. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.96 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Tacoma during the past week, prices yesterday were 58.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 15.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 60.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“As the summer driving season gets underway, there’s reason to be optimistic and perhaps happy: OPEC appears ready to raise crude oil production to meet higher global demand, dashing at least for now, the likelihood of seeing the national average hit that ugly $3/gallon mark,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “For now, the national average peaked just under that level and prices are now starting to move ever so slowly lower, but more drops are coming. Crude oil dropped to $66.84 per barrel in electronic trading last night, representing a $5 per barrel loss in less than a week. I can confidently say that gas prices will be moving lower this week and perhaps into next week, so long as nothing comes out of left field to derail the plummet in oil prices. Motorists beware, however- the fall in gas prices will be slow to arrive at some stations and quick at others, so before gleefully filling up, check if you’re getting the best deal in the area.”

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