Gas in Los Angeles County hits record high of $6.467 a gallon

Gasoline prices in Los Angeles County hit a record high on Monday as the cost of a gallon of regular gasoline rose eight-tenths of a cent overnight to $6,467, according to data from the American Automobile Assn. The previous high was $6.462, set on June 14.

California has seen the largest gasoline price increases in the United States, rising 59 cents last week to an average of $6.38 per gallon. Only Alaska comes close, with an increase of 54 cents over the same period.

Gasoline prices started to climb in late September, after nearly 100 days of declines. Since then, prices have steadily risen, with drivers paying more than $1.20 more for a gallon of regular fuel than they did a month earlier.

Gas prices rose across the country, but the West Coast was hit particularly hard, with California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada seeing the biggest increases during the week. last.

The stark difference was attributed to problems at refineries affecting supply, with at least six refineries in California undergoing maintenance and supply limited to states east of the Rockies, said Andrew Gross, spokesman for the AAA.

Governor Gavin Newsom has blamed rising costs in California on the feet of oil companies. He said in a video on twitter Friday that oil companies continue to raise prices and “provide no explanation” for the reasons.

Newsom pointed to the large difference in gas prices between California and the rest of the country. The national average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $3.79, or $2.58 less than the California average.

In Texas, the average hovered around $3.09 a gallon, down 3 cents from last week.

“The degree of national price diversion has never happened before,” Newsom said in the video. “The fact is [oil companies] scam you.

To offset the increases, Newsom said he is asking refineries to switch early to their winter gas blend, which is generally cheaper and could reduce prices by up to 25 cents in two weeks.

It’s unclear what real impact this might have at the pump.

Gas demand has increased in the country from 8.32 million barrels per day last week to 8.83 million barrels per day this week, according to AAA. If demand continues to rise and supply remains tight, AAA said, drivers could pay even more by this weekend.

Los Angeles Times

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