AAA Michigan: Statewide average gas prices fall 6 cents

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 18, 2017

Gail Weinholzer, a AAA spokeswoman in Minnesota, said trend there follows North Dakota, adding the last time Minnesota averages were as high as Monday's likely was 17 months ago.

In the springtime, the seasonal pressures typically push up gasoline prices as refineries temporarily shut down to produce cleaner-burning gasoline for the summer months.

In 43 states and Washington D.C. gas prices increased over the last week.

The national average price stands at its highest mark since September 5, 2015, mainly the result of oil rising $6 more per barrel over the past few weeks along with a decline in inventories and rising tensions in the Middle East, according to Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

Oil prices are at their highest level since the beginning of March. Previous year this time, 80,000 stations were at that level.

Gasoline prices in Valdosta continued their upward climb over the last week.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.18 per gallon and as high as $2.39. The U.S. now produces so much more oil than it did in years past that oil prices, and in turn gas prices, are much lower than they were a couple of years ago.

The region's pumps are on average 40 cents more expensive than this time one year ago; 7 cents more expensive than in 2015; and $1.04 cheaper than in 2014.

Thousands of people swarmed onto the airstrip at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Monday as 11 World War II era B-25s landed to mark the 75th anniversary of the historic Doolittle Raiders attack against Japan.

Midland Odessa- $2.34/g, up 0.9 cents per gallon from last week's $2.33/g.

Crookston had prices of $2.39 and Thief River Falls' prices hung around $2.29, according to GasBuddy.

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