Gas prices jump across Utah as summer draws to a close

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ST. GEORGE – Gas prices across Utah jumped in the last week according to data released Wednesday by AAA Utah. A possible reason given for the increase is late summer travel and the solar eclipse later this month.

Gas prices had been going down during the summer, according to the auto club, but that is changing.

The general increase for a gallon of gas across Utah has been 4 cents, bringing the average price of gas statewide to $2.47. The national average is $2.35 per gallon, an increase of 9 cents from last week.

The price of crude has risen in the last month but still remains just below $50 a barrel.

St. George saw the highest increase at 6 cents per gallon with an average of $2.61. According to the AAA data, it is the second highest price noted in the statewide data next to Moab at $2.75.

Currently the cheapest gas AAA recorded in Utah is in Ogden, $2.41 per gallon.

“AAA predicted that prices would increase late in summer due to high travel demand and a reduction in global oil supply,” AAA Utah spokesman John Moreno said.

“West Coast refineries are ramping up production in anticipation of the Aug. 21 eclipse, which will draw more than a million sky-watchers to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming,” Moreno said.

AAA August gas price report

AAA Monthly Gas Price Averages

Price

National

$2.35

Utah

$2.47

Moab

$2.75

St. George

$2.61

Vernal

$2.48

Logan

$2.46

Provo

$2.43

Salt Lake City

$2.42

Odgen

$2.41

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3 Comments

  • comments August 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Out west we get ripped big time on fuel. I was in the midwest last month and saw it as cheap as $1.87

  • utahdiablo August 11, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Yeah right AAA….here’s a early Xmas gift people of St George / Washington, drive out to the Airport, it’s the cheapest gas in town $2.36 for 87 octane, just filled up a yesterday…worth the trouble if you need to fill up and save….your welcome

  • Mike P. August 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I’m from California, they have a system there where they only raise gas prices 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Works great for them. I just got back from a visit there earlier this week and the prices were in the $2.95 + per gallon range, most a bit over $3.00. California is always at least 50 cents a gallon more due mostly to the taxes. I drove thru Baker and as usual it was $4 a gallon. Alot of people don’t know but in Ca. the price of gas delivered is the same no matter where it’s at. The oil company’s just charge more because it’s in the sticks.

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