Gas Prices Rise 40 Cents Per Gallon In One Month

The Chevron accident and other factors have caused prices at the pump to skyrocket in August

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.

The lowest prices listed Thursday on gasbuddy.com in the Livermore area is $3.99 a gallon at the following locations:

  • 7-Eleven on North Vasco Road and Scenic Avenue
  • Quik Stop at North Vasco and Northfront roads
  • 7-Eleven at South Vasco and Las Positas roads
  • Valero station at South Vasco Road and Preston Avenue
  • Arco station at North Vasco Road and Northfront roads

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.”

Do you think prices have jumped too quickly? Let us know in the comments section

Joan Ward August 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The best part of it is it was diesel not gas that was on fire. Please tell me why gas has gone up when it didn't affect the gas lines or production, just diesel. Can you say greed?
bob August 17, 2012 at 04:55 PM
And we only get 15% of our fuel from there anyway. Why aren't our public officials doing something to protect the consumer? http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/08/14/2255042/californias-gas-prices-soar-after.html
Pedro August 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
We get a majority of our gas shipped in from outside the bay area. How does a fire at one refinery affect an entire region with millions of drivers? Ridiculous!!!
Trader Lu August 20, 2012 at 06:53 AM
One refinery down is not the reason for the spike. The reason is that we have not been allowed to build any more refineries for upteen years.


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