Gas prices on the decline again |

Gas prices on the decline again

The average price of unleaded regular gasoline in California dropped 14 cents a gallon to an average of $2.09 in the past month, according to the latest survey of prices by AAA of Northern California.

Prices at seven stations in the Grass Valley area surveyed by The Union were even lower, dropping more than 14 cents to an average of $2.02 a gallon. Prices ranged from $1.96 (Arco) to $2.07 (Chevron and Shell on East Main Street).

Despite the drop, prices are still 20 cents a gallon higher than a year earlier, and AAA doesn’t expect prices to drop significantly from current levels because of high crude oil prices.

“This is a welcome relief for consumers, but there are still some troubling market forces at work right now,” said Sean Comey, AAA spokesman.

“Extremely high crude oil prices are looming on the horizon. If they stay at or near record levels, the cost of that commodity could reverse the current downward trend at the pump.”

Marysville had the lowest recorded average at $1.98 per gallon, while Eureka had the highest at $2.35. The national average was $1.86, according to AAA.

– The Union staff

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