Although nationwide the average price for a gallon of diesel
is still about 50 cents higher than it was a year ago, the price of fuel
appeared to be leveling off at the end of this week, even out West.
After two weeks of continually rising diesel prices, Colorado and Kansas prices actually slipped a bit overnight with ProMiles reporting their
per-gallon averages at $3.347 and $3.285 respectively. That was down about half
a penny in Colorado and about a cent and a half in Kansas.
Nationwide the average was $3.094 per gallon Friday
according to ProMiles, down from $3.099 on Thursday.
Supply disruptions have been blamed for the increasing
prices this month out West, where some fuel stops in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Nebraska have temporarily run out of diesel while waiting on delayed
deliveries. Some stations were limiting customers to 50 or 75 gallons per
purchase earlier this month.
The supply woes in the West have been blamed on the switch
to ultra-low sulfur diesel, an increased farm demand for diesel to power irrigation
equipment and fighting in the Middle East.
Supplies to the other half of the country faced a minor
disruption Thursday when a contractor working in Nashville, TN, cut through an
8-inch pipeline that provides diesel for that region. A spokesman for Colonial
Pipeline Co. told The Tennessean newspaper that the line was shut down
for much of Thursday.
The 5,500-mile-long pipeline serves the Southeast and the
Eastern seaboard, but the spokesman said repairs would likely be quick and
terminals should have enough diesel on hand to avoid any serious supply