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Gas prices slowly rise in last month

The price of gasoline in western Nevada County surged higher in the past month, but it didn’t move up as quickly as it did in the rest of the state, according to AAA of Northern California.

Regular unleaded averaged $2.25 a gallon Tuesday in The Union’s monthly survey of prices at seven gas stations in the Grass Valley area. That price was a 20 cent increase from the month-earlier survey.

Statewide, gas prices jumped 22 cents a gallon to an average of $2.31, according to the AAA survey. The average price in Northern California was slightly lower at $2.28 a gallon.



“The cost of gasoline is going up almost every day,” said Sean Comey, a spokesman for AAA. “Most communities have seen their price increase by 35 cents per gallon or more since January.”

The high cost of crude oil continues to drive up fuel prices, according to AAA. Analysts at the University of California Energy Institute say rising profit margins at California refineries are also playing a role in boosting retail gas prices.




The highest price in Northern California is at South Lake Tahoe, where regular unleaded costs $2.43 per gallon. The lowest price AAA found was in Tracy, where gas averaged $2.17 per gallon.

– George Boardman

Prices at the pump

Station 2/15 3/15

Arco $2.02 $2.22

Chevron $2.08 $2.28

Exxon $2.04 $2.22

Flyers $2.04 $2.22

Robinson $2.07 $2.26

Shell $2.09 $2.30

Unocal $2.02 $2.22

Source: The Union’s monthly survey


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