Virginia gas prices highest since 2015

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States with the lowest average gasoline prices: Missouri ($2.42), Oklahoma ($2.43), Arkansas ($2.43), MS ($2.45), SC ($2.46), Louisiana ($2.47), Kansas ($2.48), Texas ($2.48), Alabama ($2.49) and Wyoming ($2.50).

February predictions of $4-a-gallon gasoline in California by Memorial Day stalled a bit in March, but prices are climbing again, and not just in California.

Including the change in gas prices in Honolulu during the past week, prices on April 14 were 51.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

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Gas prices in Chattanooga have risen to the highest level in six months and are likely to increase more this week in the wake of last week's attacks on Syria.

His opinion about prices not having much higher to rise is backed up by information the Energy Information Administration released last week that predicted gas prices will average $2.74 a gallon nationally this summer.

Huntsville- $2.46/g, up 3.2 cents per gallon from last week's $2.43/g. AAA says it was the third consecutive week that the Ann Arbor area had the highest average price. Despite the increase, SC still ranks among the least expensive states for gas prices in the country.

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DeHaan added that the usual annual peak for gas prices has been around mid-May, and that refinery maintenance and the annual switch to summer fuel blends has gone according to schedule, while inventory is rising, giving fewer reasons for prices to rise.

Despite the increase, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Virginia still sits almost 20 cents lower than the national average, which hovered at $2.71 on Monday.

"Ultimately, (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) bears much of the responsibility for cutting oil production in 2017, leaving USA oil inventories at far lower levels than a year ago". Crude oil prices rose due to the potential of US sanctions Russian Federation and Iran for their support of Syria.

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"The seasonal surge at gas pumps is in full motion, causing the most dreaded time of the year for fearful motorists, especially of what may still be coming", Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said. However, we're likely in the closing innings of the seasonal rise - let's just hope we don't go to extra innings.

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