San Diego Gas Prices Rise to Highest Level in 2 years

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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its second-lowest amount for a Labor Day since 2011 Monday, despite rising 11 of the past 12 days.

The average price rose seven-tenths of a cent Monday to $3.112, its highest amount since Sept. 22, 2015, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 11.6 cents more than one week ago, 15.3 cents higher than one month ago and 39.3 cents more than one year ago.

The average price has risen 12.7 cents over the past 12 days, including 2.6 cents on Sunday.

The rising prices are the result of disruption to “the entire supply chain” caused by Hurricane Harvey even though “California’s gasoline and oil supplies do not come from the Gulf Coast,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.

The Labor Day price was $2.719 in 2016; $3.408 in 2015; $3.819 in 2014; $3.851 in 2013; a Labor Day-record of $4.15 in 2012 (which analysts attributed to the Aug. 6, 2012, fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, which reduced its refining capacity and the gasoline supply); $3.964 in 2011, which then was a record, and $3.003 in 2010.

–City News Service

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