Gas prices back on rise

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 5:11 PM
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Jane Williams fills up her car at Greg's Gas Plus in North Augusta. Local gas prices climbed 17 cents in the past week, and AAA says prices are unlikely to fall.    SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Jane Williams fills up her car at Greg's Gas Plus in North Augusta. Local gas prices climbed 17 cents in the past week, and AAA says prices are unlikely to fall.

Gas prices in the Augusta area climbed 17 cents in the past week, a disappointing end to the recent decline in prices for many drivers.

“I was so pleased when prices were coming down,” said Jane Williams, who was filling up her car Tuesday at Greg’s Gas Plus on Georgia Avenue. She said she’s grateful that she lives in North Au­gusta, where gas prices are usually lower than in Georgia.

She doesn’t have a long commute, but high gas prices have forced her to be more thoughtful about running errands.

“I try to make a circle to do all the things in one trip,” she said.

According to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the Augusta area was $2.950 one week ago and $3.125 on Tuesday.

Prices are still far better than the average at this time last year, which was $3.479 per gallon.

AAA spokeswoman Jes­sica Brady said rising fuel costs can be attributed to two primary international factors: European sanctions against Iran and an agreed upon plan by European leaders to save the euro and resolve the continent’s ongoing debt crisis.

“Although oil prices retreated at the end of last week, it’s likely motorists have seen the last of the summer price reductions at the pump,” Brady said. “State averages for gasoline increased across the Southeast this week, and retail prices will start to stabilize as more balanced pressure is weighed on the market.”

Oscar Jackson, also filling up at Greg’s Gas Plus on Tuesday, said that while he has felt the increase in gas prices, it really doesn’t keep him from taking road trips or driving around town.

“It’s impacted everybody,” he said. “But I guess I’m the type of person that if it’s something I want to do, I’m going to do it.”

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jmo 07/10/12 - 09:18 pm
A game

It's all a game with the Oil Companies. And we are the pawns.

OJP 07/11/12 - 12:11 am
Cue the Obama blamers...

Despite not crediting him for the recent drop.

itsanotherday1 07/11/12 - 12:28 am

I'm afraid you are mistaken. Gasoline prices are set by and influenced by: market forces, not oil companies. The POTUS also has no influence beyond their political positions that influence decisions in the world market.

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