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Gas prices drop in western county

Gasoline prices in western Nevada County are dropping faster than the state average, according to the latest monthly survey released Tuesday by AAA of Northern California.

AAA reported Tuesday that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state was $1.94, down 22 cents from December.

The average price of gas at seven stations surveyed monthly by The Union declined 31 cents a gallon to $1.82 during the same period, a 14.5 percent decline.

That’s just a penny above the national average and six cents below the Northern California average of $1.88 a gallon, according to AAA.

“The good news for consumers is that prices at the pump are falling,” said Michael Geeser, a spokesman for AAA. “But to put that in context, Californians are still paying a quarter more for a gallon of gas, on average, than they were a year ago at this time.”

AAA said the decline is due in large part to “a fairly mild winter back east,” which has eased the demand for heating oil. But, AAA cautioned, the weather trend can change at any time, and OPEC is expected to cut production when its ministers meet Jan. 30.

The most expensive gas in Northern California was in Yreka, where regular unleaded costs $2.16 a gallon. The lowest price in the AAA survey was in Tracy, at $1.77 a gallon.

Price watch

Local station 12/14 1/18

Arco $2.10 $1.73

Chevron $2.14 $1.87

Exxon $2.14 $1.77

Flyers $2.14 $1.85

Robinson $2.10 $1.86

Shell $2.16 $1.87

Unocal $2.14 $1.80

Source: The Union monthly survey

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