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Gas prices soar in past weeks

Low production statewide and the high price of crude oil have sent gas prices soaring in the past few weeks. Drivers in Grass Valley have experienced an average increase of about 25 cents per gallon since last month.

According to AAA of Northern California, the cost of gas is at a higher level than in any other February. Northern California motorists pay an average of $1.89 per gallon, according to the AAA. An informal survey of gas stations in Grass Valley showed an average of $1.83 for a gallon of regular gasoline Tuesday.

AAA of Northern California spokeswoman Jenny Mack said prices are also at record highs for February across the nation, with an average price of $1.64 per gallon.



“To see prices rise this dramatically at this time of year does not bode well for the spring,” Mack said. “While an expected increase in gasoline production by next month could temporarily help ease the pressure on prices, the switchover to the summer fuel blend and rising springtime demand for gas unfortunately means future price spikes are likely.”

Chico residents pump the cheapest gas statewide, with an average price of $1.80 a gallon.




Drivers in Redlands pay the highest average at $2.08 per gallon of regular unleaded, according to AAA of Northern California.

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Gas prices around the region and nation

City/State/Region Price Monthly Change

National $1.64 + 8 cents

California $1.90 + 20 cents

Northern Calif. $1.89 + 19 cents

Bay Area $1.90 + 19 cents

Grass Valley $1.83 + 25 cents

Marysville $1.87 + 20 cents

Sacramento $1.85 + 22 cents

San Francisco $2.01 + 16 cents

S. Lake Tahoe $1.99 + 19 cents

Source:

AAA of Northern California Fuel Gage Report, Feb. 16


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