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Gas prices inch higher, more than 20 cents over last month

Johnson City Press • Apr 8, 2019 at 6:22 PM

Tennessee gas prices have risen 2.5 cents in the past week, bringing Monday’s state average to $2.50 per gallon of regular unleaded gas, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 stations. 

In the past month, gas prices in Tennessee have risen more than 22 cents. Monday’s local gas price averages stood at $2.45 per gallon in Johnson City and $2.47 in Bristol and Kingsport. 

"The national average gas price has now risen for two months straight, tacking on a total of 50 cents per gallon in the last 90 days, which will cost Americans nearly $200 million more at the pump today than back in early January. The road doesn't end here, however, with California and the West Coast seeing a surge in unexpected refinery outages, leading to an extremely tight supply of cleaner summer gasoline and causing prices to skyrocket," Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a Monday news release. 

"California will soon be home to something not seen in nearly five years: a statewide average of over $4 per gallon, with some of the largest cities there swelling to averages as high as $4.15 per gallon before any relief arrives,” he said. “It really is going to be ugly this week in the West Coast, and any further issues could lead to more spikes, but for the rest of the country expect the rise to continue for a ninth straight week with little good news on the horizon."

The national gas price average stood at $2.74 per gallon. The cheapest gas in the country stood at $1.74. 

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