In Delaware, the price of regular gas jumped to $3.05 today, up seven cents overnight and five cents during the past week, Wilmington-based AAA Mid-Atlantic reported.
Delaware’s gas prices had hovered around $3 a gallon for weeks before the recent uptick.
AAA’s Fuel Price Finder indicated that the increase came from price leaders Wawa and Royal Farms, which posted $3.10 a gallon prices in many locations.
Discounters, such as Costco, two stations on Concord Pike in north Wilmington and two stations in Middletown continued to offer prices as low as $2.84 a gallon. Prices are subject to change and tend to move upward if a big increase is widespread.
No national news seemed to be behind the jump in prices as the national fuel price average price remained steady.
The price of crude oil has remained above $70 a barrel for an extended period.
Areas of the country have been seeing price jumps driven by local conditions.
One related issue has been a shortage of truck drivers and pipeline capacity leading to spot shortages of jet fuel at some airports. As a result, some airlines have been adding extra fuel to jets and asking pilots to conserve fuel.
Other information from AAA-Mid-Atlantic.
- Pennsylvania’s gas average is $3.25 today, unchanged overnight and unchanged in the last week.
- The Philadelphia (5-county) area gas average is $3.25 today, unchanged overnight and unchanged in the last week.
- New Jersey’s gas average is $3.18 today, up a penny overnight and unchanged in the last week.
- South Jersey’s gas average is $3.13 today, unchanged overnight and unchanged in the last week.
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