Gas Prices Drop Amid Busy Holiday Travel Weekend

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Well that didn't last long.

This December motorists - not just in California, but nationwide - will not find significant holiday savings at the gas pump although prices may drift lower, says AAA on Monday.

So far in 2017, gas prices have strayed from their typical trends, AAA said.

In the past three weeks, gas prices in the Grand Rapids area have fallen 40 cents in just the past three weeks.

Head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, Patrick DeHaan, says that now that Thanksgiving is over OPEC will meet to determine the fate of the cartel's oil production.

Chatter about the potential extension propelled crude oil prices about $4 higher to almost $60 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange last week, though West Texas Intermediate crude had rolled back to $58.08 in midday trading on Monday.

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"When oil prices rise, it becomes more expensive to produce gasoline", AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.

At the same time, national average prices fell 3.9 cents per gallon last week to land at an average $2.49 per gallon.

Yet again, Hardin County had the lowest average price in the region at $2.31, which passed Shelby County at $2.32.

According to, gas prices on Cape Cod are selling for as low as $2.39 per gallon and as high as $2.73.

AAA found self-serve, regular gasoline selling for as low as $2.33 per gallon and as high as $2.65 in MA. The state had the third-argest average price change in the US this past week, the release said.

Other gas stations on the stretch of South State Road 7 between Northwest 215th Street and Interstate 95 remained at $2.39 or less.