Gas Prices on the Rise

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The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.569 at self-service pumps in the Ocean State, according to AAA Northeast's weekly survey.

AAA and GasBuddy.com both said the least expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Chattanooga at $2.32 per gallon and in Cleveland at $2.35 per gallon.

Analysts say the increase is due to the rising cost of crude oil and they expect the prices to increase 17-percent over a year ago. Utah - another state in the Rocky Mountain region - ranked second, with a 14-cent increase. Inside the city of Lawrenceville, prices have been reported at $2.25 and $2.29, the lowest in the county. In addition, Rocky Mountain refineries' capacity was curtailed in March thanks to scheduled maintenance that will continue into April.

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The start of spring has come with a spring in gas prices across the US and especially in Virginia.

Gas prices are on the move as the start of spring and refinery maintenance season kick off the annual swing in prices at the pump. It was as if the market had a large self-correcting adjustment nearly overnight, Conde said. But if demand is anything like the past two summers, Conde said, fuel prices will go up over the summer. Gasoline futures prices rose 11 cents last week. exceeding $2 for the first time since Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast last August. Most consumers, he said, don't bat an eye until the average price hits $3 per gallon.

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