prices per gallon rose this week contributing to a national
U.S. average of $1.29, compared to $1.28 last week. Once again,
California posted the highest price-per-gallon of $1.46 (compared
to $1.45 last week).
Atlantic states earned second runner up with prices at $1.37
compared to $1.36 last week. In New England prices rose to $1.35
per gallon this week from $1.34 last week.
Rocky Mountain region, prices rose to $1.32 cents per gallon
from last week's total of $1.29; prices in the Midwest rose
to $1.28 from $1.26 per gallon; the Lower Atlantic states saw
prices rise to $1.26 per gallon from $1.25; and East Coast prices
rose to $1.29 per gallon from $1.28.
analysts noted three reasons why the price of fuel keeps going
up: healthier economic activity in the United States and other
countries is increasing demand; major producers appear to be
keeping a commitment made last year to reduce oil supplies to
increase prices; and uncertainty about war in the Middle East.
developments, the Associated Press reports that an Interior
Department study says caribou and other wildlife are vulnerable
and may face substantial risk if oil is developed in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
is to be released by the U.S. Geological Survey. It says that
in many cases, the risks to a variety of wildlife could be reduced
by restrictions and close management of oil exploration and
production. The study makes no recommendation on whether the
refuge should be developed, but it is clearly contrary to the
administration's desire to drill in Alaska.