Gas prices on the rise

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Gasoline prices have risen an average of 25 cents per gallon nationally in the past month.

Average retail gasoline prices in Connecticut rose 5.8¢ per gallon last past week, averaging $3.93 per gallon Sunday, Aug. 12. This compares with the national average that  increased 5.4¢ per gallon last week to $3.67 per gallon, according to gasoline price website ConnecticutGasPrices.com.

Gasoline in Weston was more than $4 this week.

Including the change in gas prices in Connecticut during the past week, prices on Sunday were 1¢ per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 25.2¢ per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 24.8¢ per gallon during the last month and stands 5.7¢ per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“The national average has spiked 25¢ per gallon just in the last month, thanks to an onslaught of refinery problems — mainly in the Great Lakes and California,” Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst, said. “While these situations are temporary in nature, it goes to show this nation’s dependence on domestic refineries. While oil prices have gained in recent days, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for motorists: Driving season will be over in less than a month and soon thereafter the EPA also relaxes gasoline mandates, meaning cheaper winter fuel,” Mr. DeHaan said.

GasBuddy operates ConnecticutGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada.

In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app to help motorists find gasoline prices in their area.

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