Some areas of country see diesel prices spike 10 cents

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | Monday, August 20, 2012

The average price of on-highway diesel climbed 6.1 cents per gallon in a week’s time bringing the national average to $4.026 – 21.6 cents higher than the same week a year ago – according to the Aug. 20 U.S. Energy Information Administration weekly report on fuel prices.

More than 10-cent-per-gallon increases were reported in the Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions. The lowest increase came in the Lower Atlantic region at 4.3 cents.

The average fuel prices for the week by region as reported by the EIA are:

U.S. – $4.026, up 6.1 cents
East Coast – $4.006, up 5.4 cents
New England – $4.087, up 7.6 cents
Central Atlantic – $4.069, up 6.5 cents
Lower Atlantic – $3.944, up 4.3 cents
Midwest – $4.015, up 4.7 cents
Gulf Coast – $3.911, up 5.5 cents
Rocky Mountain – $4.062, up 10.4 cents
West Coast – $4.254, up 10.2 cents
West Coast less California – $4.184, up 10.6 cents
California – $4.313, up 9.8 cents

ProMiles, which surveys prices daily at 9,400 truck stops, reported Monday’s average fuel price at $4.041, nearly unchanged over Sunday and down individually in 18 states. Rhode Island showed a drop of 26 cents overnight to $4.039.

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