County gas prices see latest increase
Local refinery plays a part
OW Staff Writer | 1/17/2020, midnight
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County increased two-tenths of a cent this week to $3.606, one day after dropping four-tenths of a cent.
The average price is two-tenths of a cent less than one week ago, 10 cents lower than one month ago, and 29.7 cents more than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The Orange County average price also rose two-tenths of a cent to $3.555, one day after falling one-tenth of a cent. It is 1.9 cents more than one week ago, 7 cents lower than one month ago, and 28.9 cents more than one year ago.
“Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices increased earlier this week on news of unplanned flaring at the Marathon refinery in Carson and subsequent refinery purchases of fuel in the spot market,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.
“However, wholesale prices have backed off a bit (Jan. 9), and the Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday that West Coast gasoline inventories have grown, so it’s unclear whether wholesale price declines are really over for this month. Currently, the incidents between the U.S. and Iran have not affected prices in this region, even though much of the crude oil purchased by California refineries comes from the Middle East.”