Diesel prices rise for second week in a row

| 12/19/2005

The national average price of diesel rose for the second week in a row following six weeks of price declines, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The national average rose 2.6 cents to $2.462 per gallon for the week ending Dec. 19. And for the first time since October, all regions posted increases.

California saw the biggest increase, jumping 5.6 cents to $2.521 per gallon. The rest of the West Coast posted an average of $2.505 per gallon.

The highest average price, however, was reported in the New England region at $2.647 per gallon. The Central Atlantic region wasn’t far behind at $2.609 per gallon. The Lower Atlantic region posted an average of $2.438 per gallon, keeping the overall East Coast average at $2.499 per gallon.

The lowest average was found in the Rocky Mountain region, where prices averaged $2.410 per gallon. The Gulf Coast and the Midwest regions weren’t far behind, at $2.435 per gallon and $2.443 per gallon, respectively.