Chances are you're paying $4 to $8 more to fill up your car than you did last month.
The California State Automobile Association reports the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in the East Bay is now $4.12.
That's 27 cents higher than a week ago and 41 cents higher than a month ago.
In the Tri-Cities, Fremont has the cheapest gas, according to gasbuddy.com. Prices are as low as $3.97 for a gallon of regular unleaded at Costco and the Arco stations on 5012 Stevenson Blvd. and 43500 Grimmer Blvd. The most expensive is $4.21 at the Stevenson Boulevard Shell.
The range of prices is only slightly higher in Newark, from $4.05 at the Newark Boulevard 76 to $4.21 at the Chevron on Jarvis Avenue and Newark Boulevard.
Union City is the most expensive of the Tri-Cities with the cheapest price listed as $4.09 at the Valero on Alvarado Boulevard and Dyer Street. The most expensive gas is at the Shell station across from Union Landing at $4.23 per gallon.
The average throughout California is $4.10 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Nationally, the average price is $3.70.
CSAA officials say the primary reason for the quick jump in prices was theat the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
“The recent fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond has created a short-term spike in gas prices across many parts of the Pacific Northwest and Nevada,” said CSAA Northern California spokesperson Cynthia Harris. “It still remains to be seen how long the impact of the fire will be felt. Meanwhile, across the United States, positive economic news has been putting upward pressure on oil prices.”
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