Last week’s earthquake in Carson caused refinery issues that pushed Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices up, but pump prices remained steady, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.39, which is the same as last week. The average national price is $3.19, which is also the same as a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.40 per gallon, which is unchanged for three weeks in a row, one cent higher than last month, and $1.19 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.34, which is down one cent from than last week and last month, and $1.14 higher than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.35, which is the same as last week, two cents higher than last month, and $1.13 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.31, which is the same as last week and last month, and $1.15 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $4.35 average price is one cent higher than last week and last month, and $1.20 higher than a year ago today.
“Oil Price Information Service reports the Marathon refinery in Carson may be continuing to experience issues related to last Friday’s 4.3 magnitude earthquake,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “However, the wholesale price surge has not yet affected pump prices, and it may not have much effect because of plentiful imported gasoline.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 23, averages are: