Gasoline prices in Sacramento and statewide plunged nearly 40 cents a gallon from December to January, but at-the-pump costs were heading back up in AAA’s monthly gas price survey released Tuesday.
In Sacramento, AAA said the average cost for unleaded regular was $2.55 a gallon, up 8 cents from its Jan. 13 survey.
The least expensive gas in Northern California was in Marysville, where the average for unleaded regular was $2.46 a gallon – but even that was a 15-cent increase in one month.
Statewide, the average was $2.65, a gain of 7 cents from January. The national average of $2.19 also was up 7 cents from January.
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AAA cited rising crude oil prices and an oil workers’ strike at refineries in California and other U.S. locales.
“While news of the strike has reportedly led to higher wholesale gasoline prices, the work stoppage is not expected to have a significant impact on production in the short-term because refineries continue to operate,” Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman, said in a statement. “The abundant petroleum supplies may provide the refiners and unions time to reach an agreement before there is a larger impact on consumers.”
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