The Times-Independent

Gas prices continue to drop — but not in Utah

Average gasoline prices in Utah have risen 6.3 cents per gallon last week, averaging $5.16 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 1,171 stations in Utah.

Gas prices dropped nearly 9 cents per gallon nationally, but jumped by more than 6 cents in Utah.
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Prices in Utah are 46.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and $1.70 per gallon higher than a year ago. The price of diesel has increased 2.6 cents nationally last week and stands at $5.80 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Utah was priced at $4.55 per gallon Sunday while the most expensive was $5.89 per gallon, a difference of $1.34 per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline dropped 8.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.88 per gallon Monday. The national average is up 28.3 cents per gallon from a month ago and $1.79 per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

“With Independence Day a week away, gas prices have continued to fall for the second straight week as the price of oil has faltered, ushering in the drop we’re seeing,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “The good news is we could also see a third straight week of decline.

“While prices will be at their highest July 4th level ever, they’ll have fallen close to 20 cents since our peak in early June. Motorists should be wary that while the decline could continue for the week ahead, any sudden jolts to supply could quickly cause a turnaround, and risk remains that when the peak of hurricane season arrives, we could see a super spike at the pump.”