Prices Spiking, Heading Back Over $4

Reports of California refinery outages have led to a spike in wholesale gasoline prices that is now being felt by drivers at the pump, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.958 a gallon for regular today – 11.7 cents higher than last week.

 

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.994 per gallon, which is 11.7 cents more than last week, 6 cents higher than last month, and 18 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.960, which is 10.2 cents above last week, 3 cents above last month, and 19 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.021, up 10.2 cents from last week, five-tenths of a cent lower than a month ago, and 20 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.942, up 10.6 cents from last week, 1.5 cents higher than last month, and 20 cents less than last year.

 

“Other states are seeing gas price decreases, but because California’s fuel supply is limited mainly to its own refineries, any production issues at them immediately send pump prices soaring,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “In the past week, three Northern California refineries and one in Southern California have reported outages affecting production.”

  

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 12, averages are: 

Area                   

Regular

One-week

change

 

Record Price

 

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$3.994

+11.7 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$3.974

+12.5 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$3.960

+10.2 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc

$4.021

+10.2 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)

 

 

 

 

Riverside – San  Bernardino

$3.942

+10.6 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$3.929

+10.1 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$3.976

+11.3 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)