Statewide gas prices stay flat, Lansing prices tumble

GasBuddy surveyed 361 Baton Rouge gas outlets and found that average retail gas prices fell by 1.2 cents per gallon last week.

Gas prices in the Lima region have gone up 5.9 cents since Sunday, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Month over month, the price is up almost 15 cents a gallon, and it is almost 51 cents a gallon higher year over year. Geopolitical events, decreased global supply/OPEC cuts, expensive crude oil, record USA production and high demand have all contributed toward driving up gas prices since January.

In the Quad Cities the average is at $2.68, whereas in Bloomington-Normal it's $2.60.

$3.01/g in 2017, $2.63/g in 2016, $3.21/g in 2015, $4.38/g in 2014 and $4.33/g in 2013.

"In addition, recent rhetoric from the Trump Administration inflaming the situation in Syria and pushing a trade war with China is like pouring gasoline on a fire - they certainly put more upward pressure on prices".

Hartford- $2.92/g, up 2.6 cents per gallon from last week's $2.90/g. The threat that the president may pull out of the Iran treaty and reimpose sanctions against the Islamic Republic could push oil up by as much as $10 a barrel.

"In the coming weeks, political tension in the Middle East over a possible renegotiation of Iran's nuclear deal could create some uncertainty in the global crude oil market, and domestic fuel demand could resume its frenetic pace soon", Conde said.

The auto club said early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.85 per gallon, roughly the same as last week's average.

The price you're paying to fill your gas tank this week is the same as it was last week, but 2018's summer driving season stands to be the most expensive in years. The app and website have the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road.

Vanessa Coleman

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