Gas prices rise 8 cents per gallon in Rhode Island

National prices rose 2.1 cents to an average of $2.33 per gallon on August 6. Higher oil prices mean higher gasoline prices, though analysts said the rally for oil shouldn't push the price up too much higher given the recent slowdown in exploration and production work in the United States.

GasBuddy in MA found regular had risen.6 cents in the past week, averaging $2.33.

AAA Northeast said Monday that self-serve, regular is averaging $2.29 per gallon. Oakland- $3.00/g, up 0.5 cents per gallon from last week's $2.99/g.

That's 5 cents below the national average but 24 cents higher than the price in MA a year ago at this time.

Prices Sunday were 14.7 cents per gallon higher in Las Vegas than the same time past year and were 2.7 centers per gallon lower than a month ago. In nearby San Bernardino, the average cost of fuel was $2.86 per gallon and in Riverside, it was $2.91 per gallon.

For those traveling east for the summer, AAA says that gas prices in Salisbury are up 39 cents from a year ago, 23 cents from a month ago and 10 cents from a week ago. Heating oil gained 1 cent to $1.65 a gallon.

"U.S. crude oil inventories are moving down, while summer gasoline demand is going up - the flawless storm for August price increases", Mary Maguire of AAA said. Gasoline demand recently hit a new weekly record of 9.842 million barrels per day, according to the latest update from the Energy Information Administration. "With summer demand running full steam ahead, drivers can expect prices to continue rising".

  • Eleanor Harrison