NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Drivers in the New Orleans area are still waiting for prices to drop at the pump. According to checks of local gas stations show that the average cost of gasoline is $2.57 a gallon. But if you shop around, you can definitely find a better deal. For instance. the cheapest price for gas is $2.36 a gallon,. The highest was $3.19 a gallon according to New Orleans Gas Buddy.
GasBuddy.com says the average retail price in New Orleans have risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, That's up more than 14 cents a gallon from the month before, but it's quite a bit cheaper than what drivers were paying a year go when drivers were spending an extra 89 cents per gallon. .
.The national average actually dropped a penny over the past week stands 88.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
"At long last the national average for a gallon of gasoline has seen a decline in the last week, helped by relief in the Great Lakes, where refinery issues seem to be behind us as several have restarted over the last week," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "Unfortunately, now Oregon and Washington seem to be seeing price increases as supply has become tighter. Overall, gasoline prices remain relatively quiet with the national average dropping just over a penny in the last week. Meanwhile, diesel prices have closed the gap between gasoline prices and have been dropping since the end of May. Diesel is just a nickel or so more expensive than a gallon of gasoline and that'll likely remain for months," DeHaan said.