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Gas Prices Rise 40 Cents Per Gallon In One Month

The Chevron accident and other factors have caused prices at the pump to skyrocket in August

Chances are you're paying $4 to $8 more to fill up your car than you did last month.

The California State Automobile Association reports the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in the East Bay is now $4.12.

That's 27 cents higher than a week ago and 41 cents higher than a month ago.

In the Tri-Cities, Fremont has the cheapest gas, according to gasbuddy.com. Prices are as low as $3.97 for a gallon of regular unleaded at Costco and the Arco stations on 5012 Stevenson Blvd. and 43500 Grimmer Blvd. The most expensive is $4.21 at the Stevenson Boulevard Shell.

The range of prices is only slightly higher in Newark, from $4.05 at the Newark Boulevard 76 to $4.21 at the Chevron on Jarvis Avenue and Newark Boulevard.

Union City is the most expensive of the Tri-Cities with the cheapest price listed as $4.09 at the Valero on Alvarado Boulevard and Dyer Street. The most expensive gas is at the Shell station across from Union Landing at $4.23 per gallon.

The average throughout California is $4.10 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Nationally, the average price is $3.70.

CSAA officials say the primary reason for the quick jump in prices was theat the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

“The recent fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond has created a short-term spike in gas prices across many parts of the Pacific Northwest and Nevada,” said CSAA Northern California spokesperson Cynthia Harris. “It still remains to be seen how long the impact of the fire will be felt. Meanwhile, across the United States, positive economic news has been putting upward pressure on oil prices.”

Do you think prices have jumped too quickly? Let us know in the comments section

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Tim August 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Maybe if the oil companies were allowed to actually build new, modern refineries we wouldn't be having this problem. You want to blame Chevron, sure, ok, I get it. It does look like they screwed up. But, the real blame is squarely on the shoulders of the Obama administration and the out of control politburo that is his EPA. It's time to develop and produce out own energy in this country and it needs to be an "all of the above" solution. The REAL reason this is even reported on by the left wing media is so they can try to keep the blame for this from being placed on Obama in the middle of a tight reelection campaign.
Zolla August 16, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Wow, you guys are over 4 buck a gallon in the Bay Area. I feel for ya man. I just filled up this morning here in North Carolina, $3.46 and I thought that was high. I’ve already forgot how much more expensive it was to live in the Bay Area.
Tim August 16, 2012 at 04:01 AM
yes, $3.46 is cheap but it's even cheaper in SC... my brother in Myrtle Beach paid $3.29 today. The problem here in CA is two fold... 1) high taxes on fuel, and 2) lack of refining capacity on the west coast. Both reasons can be blamed on liberal Democrats and their left wing environmental, no growth Marxist nut jobs.
Zolla August 16, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Ya, every once in awhile I get over the border in SC. I'm only about 40 mile from SC. I'm kind of hoping Charlotte burns to the ground next month. LOL that's one place I won't be at during the DNC. If it wasn't a no fly zone, I'd pay for a banner telling Obama where to stick it.
Tim August 16, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Hey, well just make sure you're registered to vote... unlike me, your vote will actually count. I think Obama's chances of winning NC again are nothing but a pipe dream but make sure you vote and make sure your friends get to the polls too!
Zolla August 16, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Oh ya, and 4 of my friends from Cali moved here last month. Everyone I know here is voting Romney and even some who voted for Obama are voting him out. I love it........
Davis August 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM
It seems to me that Gas stations simply take advantage of these situations and accelerate the effects. We buy gas at Cosco, the best of a bad situation.
Tim August 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I don't think it's necessarily fair to blame the gas stations. They have a minimal profit margin on gasoline sales. Where I think you may have a point is when the prices fall, they seem to fall slower than they rise. It can't be just coincidence.
Edward August 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM
When you don't maintain your infrastructure or buy a defective Valve in Refieries that run 24/7, you can have fires or explosions. Shell had a problem yesterday in Martinez. Billions in profits, but, no time to fix the equipment. if they shut down for maintenance, prices will go up anyway yet we blame them for spiking the price when they do shut down for maintenance. So they wait untill it breaks down and the fire and polution hurt citizens around the area. Blaming President Obama for this is like blaming the POPE for 9/11.
Edward August 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Remember, the price at the pump includes both Federal and State road use taxes but California adds and 8.25% sales tax to the price on top of that at the pump. At $4.00 thta is an extra 34 cents over other states that don't add a sales tax on top of the other taxes.
Edward August 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Don't forget the cost of running a Gasoline station in California is 3 times the cost than in other states. Land, utilites (electricity to run the pumps and lights is 22 cents per KWHr) and the cost of replacing your underground fuel storage tanks every 10 years puts a mark-up at the pump 3 times higher than in most other states.
Edward August 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Good for your friends. I hope they enjoy their retirement out there....'when romney Ends Medicare and Social Security for them.
Tim August 17, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Edward, that is total crap. Case in point... look at gas prices in the NY Metropolitan area. Why is it that gasoline on the NY side of the Hudson even in low rent Yonkers or Mount Vernon is about $0.60 a gallon MORE than higher end real estate in Northern New Jersey like Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, and Englewood Cliffs? Hint, it's not the real estate taxes (higher in NJ), or the utilities (similar rates), or even environmental rules (similar). you were right in your first comment. It's the state/local fuel taxes. And California is screwing us with excessive fuel taxes. But, that's nothing compared to what CA has coming down the pipe... PER MILE TAX with a government GPS meter installed in your personal car.
Tim August 17, 2012 at 04:33 AM
That's pretty funny. I bet you didn't know that the Ryan Medicare plan is really the Ryan-Wyden Medicare plan because it was co-sponsored by liberal Democrat Senator Wyden from Oregon. It also changes NOTHING for anyone over 55 years of age. You're right... we're all better off with the Obama "do nothing" plan in which Medicare will be bankrupt in less than 12 years (likely sooner now that Obama STOLE $700 billion from the Medicare trust fund). The guy who's ruining Medicare is in the White House. "the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so" - Ronald Wilson Reagan
Tim August 17, 2012 at 04:42 AM
FYI Edward, the CA fuel tax is a FLAT .36 cents per gallon, not subject to the standard state sales tax rate. There is an additional 2.25% sales/use tax as well. http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/l255.pdf

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