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Gasoline prices up significantly from a month ago

New Orleans, La. -  Gasoline prices in New Orleans are up significantly from a month ago, but the news may be improving in the coming weeks.  According  to NewOrleansGasPrices.com, motorists are paying nearly 37 cents less per gallon.  In the past week, prices are up 5.6 cents per gallon, averaging $3.52/g.   This compares with the national average that has increased 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/g. 

Including the change in gas prices in New Orleans during the past week, prices are 11.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago.  The national average has increased 24.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

 "The national average has spiked 25-cents per gallon just in the last month, thanks to an onslaught of refinery problems- mainly in the Great Lakes and California," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "While these situations are temporary in nature, it goes to show this nations 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," DeHaan said.

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