Chances are you're paying $4 to $8 more to fill up your car than you did last month.
The California State Automobile Association reports the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in the East Bay is now $4.12.
That's 27 cents higher than a week ago and 41 cents higher than a month ago.
On gasbuddy.com, the cheapest price listed for regular unleaded in Pleasant Hill is $4.03 at the Safeway on Contra Costa Boulevard. The cheapest price for the same grade in Martinez is $3.99 at the Valero on the corner of Walnut and Alhambra avenues.
The average throughout California is $4.10 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Nationally, the average price is $3.70.
CSAA officials say the primary reason for the quick jump in prices was theat the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
“The recent fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond has created a short-term spike in gas prices across many parts of the Pacific Northwest and Nevada,” said CSAA Northern California spokesperson Cynthia Harris. “It still remains to be seen how long the impact of the fire will be felt. Meanwhile, across the United States, positive economic news has been putting upward pressure on oil prices.”
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