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Gas Prices Continue to Rise in Bay Area

Shortages are forcing gas prices to soar.

If you've already filled your gas tank count yourself lucky. 

Some stations in Southern California were selling gas as high as $5.69 a gallon Friday morning as the state continued to suffer a price spike.

"We are looking at the highest California prices ever," Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service told the Los Angeles Daily News.

The article blames the shortages on a closed refinery, a contaminated fuel line, and the fact that California gas isn't exchangeable with out-of-state fuels because of our stricter environmental laws.

Local prices have been rising but are still a lot lower than the panic levels in the south. According to gasbuddy.com, the Valero on Market Place one of the best price in the town at $4.59 a gallon on Friday.

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Janice P Ellis October 06, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I thought I was past having rising gas prices surprise me, but, I was stunned this morning as I pulled up to the pumps at the Market Place Valero station. 4.49 a gallon for regular???? That's a 40 cent per gallon jump in just the last few weeks! It took 55.00 to top off my tank - and I still HAD about 6 gallons in the tank!! That is absolutely ridiculous!! Something has got to give. At this rate, we'll be at 5.00 a gallon by Christmas. Disgusting!
Longtime Resident October 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Agreed 100%
Jean Powers October 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
This is crap. It is just another excuse to raise prices. There is no shortage watch and see their profits for the year will still be high
Janice P Ellis October 06, 2012 at 05:13 PM
At noon on Friday, a gallon of regular at the Market Place Valero station was 4.49. Less than 24 hours later, the 4.49 has gone to 4.65. So, I read this morning that the dramatic price jump is due to a power outage at a Southern California refinery. This reminds me of those California "brown-outs" Enron created against California in the early 2000's. I guess my 5.00 a gallon by Christmas prediction was way too conservative; make that Thanksgiving.
Rick October 07, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I am paying $3.79 in a remote town in Colorado and the air here is a lot more cleaner than Bay Area.

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