The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

November 21, 2012

Drivers pay more for gas, but still give thanks

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UTAH:

Wednesday's average price: $3.63

Versus year ago: Up 30 cents.

NEVADA:

Wednesday's average price: $3.61

Versus year ago: Up 6 cents

CALIFORNIA:

The price is about the same as a year ago, but that belies the wild ride motorists have taken. Gas soared to an all-time high of $4.67 in October because gas supplies ran short. The state's energy infrastructure took it on the chin. A fire closed part of Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery in early August. Plus, a Chevron pipeline that moves crude oil to refineries in Northern California also was shut down and operations at an Exxon Mobil refinery in Southern California were disrupted for days after it lost power. Since few refineries outside the state make California's special blend of summer gas, there were few outside sources to draw from for help. Prices since have fallen nearly 90 cents as supply shortages eased and refiners shifted to winter blends, which are cheaper to produce.

Wednesday's average price: $3.77

Versus year ago: Up 1 cent

GEORGIA:

Drivers are getting a small break at the pump as an indirect result of Superstorm Sandy. Georgia was one of several states allowed to sell a blend of reformulated and conventional gasoline after the massive storm battered the Northeast in late October even though it wasn't in the storm's direct path. It's cheaper for refiners to produce conventional gasoline than blends formulated to control pollution. Georgia also has the advantage of plentiful supplies. The state gets gas shipped through two major pipelines and from refineries in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. And its state gas tax is fairly low, Kloza says.

Wednesday's average price: $3.28 per gallon

Versus year ago: Up 1 cent

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