Diesel average down slightly - still atop $3 mark

| 8/28/2006

The national average price for diesel dropped for the week ending Monday, Aug. 28. The dip marks the second straight week that prices have fallen.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the national average price is $3.027 – down from 3.033 a week ago. It’s also 43 cents higher than prices the same time a year ago.

The biggest drop was found in California where average prices dipped 2 cents per gallon to $3.200 – the third highest of any area throughout the country.

Slight decreases also were witnessed in several other areas including the Rocky Mountain region. Despite the dip, truckers fueling in the region continue to pay an average of $3.346 – the highest in the nation.

The West Coast is another region where average prices are well above the $3 mark. The per-gallon cost is $3.229.

Other areas that experienced dips in average prices are the New England region where the price per gallon fell slightly to $3.035; the Central Atlantic region, at $3.074; and the Midwest, at $3.026.

Only two areas witnessed slight increases in average prices. The East Coast per-gallon price rose to $2.955 while the Lower Atlantic region increased to $2.897.

The cost to fill up remained the same in the Gulf Coast region. The per-gallon price was $2.923.