Diesel prices topped $3 per
gallon at nearly a dozen truck stops in the New England area earlier this week,
according to ProMiles.
ProMiles spokesman Chris
Lee said those prices have now dipped back down below $3. He said fears of
hurricane Emily disrupting fuel deliveries may have caused the spike.
The Energy Information Administration reports that the
current national average price for diesel is $2.39. But Lee said prices are all
over the map.
He said after this past weekend he saw spikes in Canada and
New England where there were a total of 35 locations with prices above $3 a
gallon. In the states, most of those returned to
previous levels by Thursday with prices in the $2.80 to $2.90 range.
“There is still quite a bit of volatility,” Lee told Land
Line, Thursday,July 21. “I’m seeing price ranges today in the
United States anywhere from $2.11 a gallon to $2.94 out in California, which
seems to be the highest one today.”
Lee said seeing diesel prices push over the $3 mark – even
briefly – is “shocking” and “something the industry never really considered.”
– By Reed Black, staff writer