AAA: Harvey Hikes National Gas Prices to Highest of Year for Holiday Weekend

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August 31, 2017 05:06 PM

Filling up at the pump is at its highest so far this year. AAA reports a high demand for gas during the popular Labor Day travel weekend and Harvey activity down in the Gulf region are causing the spike.

Nationally, gas prices are averaging $2.45 per gallon Thursday. In Minnesota, however, the average gas price is cheaper than the national average, amounting to $2.36 per gallon for regular fuel. 

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AAA predicts the short-term spike will last a few weeks, with prices dropping near the end of the month.

As of Wednesday evening, the Department of Energy reported 10 Gulf Coast refineries were shutdown due to Harvey. 

AAA also notes that the last time the national gas price averaged $2.50 was two years ago in August 2015.

By the Minnesota regional breakdown of average price per gallon for regular fuel is as follows: 

  • Duluth-Superior: $2.42 per gallon
  • Twin Cities: $2.37 
  • St. Cloud: $2.357 

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