A fire at an oil refinery in El Segundo, CA, is partly to
blame for a sharp increase in diesel prices throughout the state during the
first week of August.
ProMiles reported a record-setting average price of $2.87
for the state on Aug. 5. Prices neared the $3 mark in some areas, with the
highest being $2.959 per gallon on Aug. 5 at a Pilot truck stop near Salinas.
One OOIDA member, however, reported prices spiking as high
as $3.14 per gallon, though Land Line was not able to confirm this.
The Sacramento Bee reported that on July 20, a fire
at a Chevron refinery in El Segundo forced Chevron to cut back on its diesel
production and took some diesel out of the market. California cannot easily supplement
its diesel supplies from outside sources because of strict anti-pollution
Chevron officials said the refinery is expected to resume
full production later this month.
The fire, along with record-setting oil prices hovering near
the $62 mark, has been blamed for the increase in California and in other parts
of the West Coast region.
In one day – from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5 – diesel increased 3.6
cents in California, 3.5 cents in Arizona and 3.5 cents in Nevada.