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2/19/2013 6:01:00 AM
Fuel price spurt running out of gas
Refinery shutdowns, blend changeover behind surge
DOUG McMURDO/Miner
Fuel prices in Kingman have increased about 45 cents a gallon in the last 30 days, but analysts believe the spike will slow down.
DOUG McMURDO/Miner
Fuel prices in Kingman have increased about 45 cents a gallon in the last 30 days, but analysts believe the spike will slow down.
Doug McMurdo
dmcmurdo@kdminer.com

Average fuel prices in the state jumped 14 cents a gallon over the last 30 days due in part to more expensive crude oil, according to AAA Arizona. Concerns on the regional level also played a role in the increase.

"Crude oil has gone up almost $10 a barrel since Jan. 15," said AAA's Stephanie Dembowski.

The per-barrel price of $97.35 was posted at the close of day Thursday, but AAA analysts predict the rapid rise won't continue much longer.

"As temporary production concerns are addressed," said AAA's Linda Gorman in a statement, "(We) expect price increases to slow."

Regional refinery issues and plans in Arizona to switch over to summer-blend gasoline next month also contributed to the price increases.

According to Dembowski, there are two refineries that influence current fuel prices in Arizona: the Holly Frontier refinery in New Mexico and the Western refinery in El Paso, Texas.

Both of them are temporarily shut down for annual maintenance, she said.

Fuel prices varied wildly in Kingman at the end of last week. Up from an average of $3.09 a month ago, they ranged from $3.37 to $3.69 last week and put the city at a $3.53 average, about 4 cents higher than the state average of $3.49. The state average is less than a penny more than what Arizona motorists paid at this time last year.

Tucson and Scottsdale hold the low and high averages in the state, with Tucson motorists paying $3.25 and those in Scottsdale shelling out $3.60 a gallon.

Two western states, Wyoming and California, are home to the lowest and highest prices in the lower 48. Nearly $1 dollar per gallon separates the two.

Motorists in Wyoming paid $3.11 a gallon while California drivers paid nearly $4.09.

Motorists in the East Valley, including Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Tempe, paid $3.53.9 a gallon - up more than 17 cents from last week and just under 50 cents since last month. The price was roughly 7 cents over last year, according to AAA Arizona.

Prices in Flagstaff averaged $3.51.9, an 8.5-cent jump from last week and nearly 23 cents in a month. Motorists in Flagstaff are paying three cents more for a gallon of gas than they were this time last year.

In Glendale, prices were higher than the average at $3.55.3, up 15 cents in a week and 51 cents for the month. Motorists there are paying nearly 10 cents more than they did in February 2012.

Prices within the Phoenix city limits and Peoria also went up double digits, 16.1 cents and 15.2 cents this past week, respectively. The increases over the month are nearly 50 cents for both areas.

Prices in Prescott averaged $3.46, up nearly 14 cents in a week and nearly 37 cents for the month. Motorists in Prescott are paying about 3 cents more than they did last year.

Arizona motorists can take solace in the knowledge that drivers in other states are paying more.

According to AAA Arizona, the national average of $3.62.8 represents a more than 7 cent jump in the last week and more than 33 cents in the last month.

The average is 11 cents more than the nation's drivers paid for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline last February.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: Ya Only Hurt The Reps When You Make Irresponsible Attacks

I guess Just An Nobody, Sr sees everything in Dems and Reps. Too bad, it's a big beautiful world out there, turn off Fox, and Rush, and the others and get out and enjoy life.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: When the Cat's Away...

Remember it's their right to operate their business the way they wish regardless if we subsidies them to the tune of billions and regardless if it destroyes our economy. Gee, where's those G-men that are suppose to make certain us little people aren't being ripped off and business practices don't negatively impact our country? Oh, that's right the conservatives cut those jobs too.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: They Get Away With it Because They Can

For us o' timers - not necessary with age but with experience in how the local gas companies operate it does seem strange that Kingman's prices are higher than Bullhead, Mohave Valley, or GV. I remember when Kingman's gas prices were the lowest or close to the lowest in the entire state. They were always lower than BHC, MV, LHC, GV until there was a gas delivery line that went out of service. Although this line was in southern Az they claim that it feed our area. This was probably 10 years or so ago. Ever since Kingman's prices outpaced the areas mentioned. I think the local operators saw they could get away with it with minimal protests.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: What The......

You only need to know two words to define this ..... PRICE GOUGING!

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: alot confused

2013

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: just a bit confused

im pretty sure, 30 days ago i paid 2.89 at flying j on andy devine .... maybe 40 days but it was 2012

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Regan

Wake up people, just some facts on oil and gas sense 2008, Jan. 2008 $100 a barrel gas $3.05, July 2008 $147 a barrel and $4.11 at pump, Dec 2008 OPEC drops 2.2 million barrels from daily production $40 a barrel and $ 1.72 at pump, some who is getting the big one here, see your government at work here helping people did you forget about all this ?

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

UH... 2.89 to 3.49 is more than 14 cents!!!!!!!
must be the way dems do math!


Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: The Greed Is Showing!!!!

Do the oil companies truly believe that we are all that STUPID? This is pure unadulterated greed. Summer is not going to be here for months, so the additive is a crock. When the prices fall, they only drop a penny or two a week. However when they decide to Jack the they go up ten to fifteen cents a day. The goal of the oil companies is to get to that glorious 5.00 per gallon. No spring break, no Memorial day, no summer vacation. You will need the money for gas to get back and forth to work. To bad we can't all get jobs working for the oil companies, we could really be living large.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Can anyone tell me how the price for gas in Bullhead should be ten cents a gallon cheaper than Kingman or Golden Valley. twenty miles away and the cost is 10 cents lower. Are wages higher in Golden Valley or Kingman. I think the oil companies just charge whatever they want instead of basing the price on what it takes to produce and deliver with a fair profit of course.



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