OPEC has announced it
is waiting to see how the oil market reacts to U.S.-led attacks against Taliban
rulers in Afghanistan before deciding whether to cut oil production. The cost
of diesel dropped about 2 cents per gallon from a week ago.
In a meeting last month,
OPEC decided against production cuts despite sliding oil prices. The oil cartel
said it did not want to aggravate a fragile global economy after the Sept.
A group of crudes monitored
by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries fell $1.52 last week,
closing at $19.96 a barrel Friday. OPEC has a price band system that requires
the cartel to raise production by at least 500,000 barrels a day if the OPEC
basket stays below $22 a barrel for 10 straight days. The mechanism would
have been triggered Friday but the organization ignored it.
The weekly retail on-highway
diesel prices released by the Energy Department Tuesday show the national
average cost of diesel dipped .019 cents per gallon from last week to $1.371.
Diesel has plummeted more than 15 cents over the past three weeks.
The biggest price drop
was in the Rocky Mountain region. Diesel there fell 3 cents per gallon from
a week ago to $1.47. The lowest prices in the nation continue to be found
in the Lower Atlantic region. Fuel there dropped about 3 cents to $1.28 per
gallon. The highest prices nationally are in the state of California. Diesel
there is $1.48 per gallon - about 3 cents cheaper than last week. The remaining
regions' price per gallon is as follows: East Coast, $1.33; New England, $1.45;
Central Atlantic, $1.41; Midwest, $1.40; Gulf Coast, $1.31; and West Coast,