By: Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer
February 19, 2013
Average retail gasoline prices in Surry County have risen a whopping 20 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy.
This compares with the national average that has increased 11.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68 per gallon.
“I can’t believe what’s happening,” said John Roberts of State Road.
“How are people getting away with this?” asked June Winters from Jonesville. “It sort of makes me wonder if I’m just too dependent on gas.”
The national average has increased 42.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago, per GasBuddy.
“The steady climb of retail gas prices is likely to continue following double-digit increases in wholesale prices with fuel production tightening in the majority of the country’s refineries,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski.
A AAA North Carolina spokesperson said gas has gone up overnight by 4 cents with the statewide average checking in at $3.72 per gallon.
“We see a combined impact,” said AAA Public Relations Manager Angela Vogel Daley. “Refineries are transition from winter fuel to summer fuel blends, so the supply is restricted. Worse, crude oil prices are up due the improving economy and demand. The more the demand, the higher the prices.”
Daley says people are less likely to take longer trips with prices escalating.
“The closer we get to $4 per gallon we believe people will restrict travel plans,” she said.
Rising prices are not uncommon heading in the spring for North Carolina. Last year prices peaked on April 6 to $3.91.
“We are 7 cents over where we were on this date last year,” she said “and we had other contributing factors such as foreign tension from the Middle East.