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Hagerstown-area gas prices rise slightly

March 06, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The Martin's station on Wesel Boulevard was the cheapest station among those the Herald-Mail visited on Tuesday.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Photographer

Hagerstown-area gasoline increased by 3 cents a gallon this week, making it more expensive than the national and state average, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch.

Gas prices are at their highest-ever levels nationally for February at $3.76 per gallon for regular grade. The  Maryland average is $3.71 a gallon, but it is $3.77 in the Hagerstown area, the AAA said.

However, regular grade gas was $3.76 per gallon in the area on Tuesday, lower than it was at certain points last week, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder at http://midatlanticaaa.com.

The lowest and highest prices for regular gas in the Hagerstown area were $3.69 and $3.79 per gallon, respectively, according to the AAA.

In Hancock, there was a ride range of prices between stations. The Liberty gas station on East Main Street just east of Hancock was selling regular grade gas at $3.79 per gallon. Mid-grade there was $3.89 a gallon, and 93-octane premium grade was $4.06.

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However, less than a mile west in the town, the Exxon AC&T station on the same street sold regular grade gas 10 cents cheaper at $3.69 per gallon. Plus grade gas there was  $3.82 per gallon, and 93-octane supreme grade was $3.92. A diesel option was offered at $4.09 per gallon.

The BP gas station on Maugans Avenue just off of Interstate 81 at Exit 9 was selling regular gas at $3.75 per gallon on Tuesday. The company’s silver grade gas was $3.85, while its 93-octane ultimate grade was $3.99.

The Sheetz station on Virginia Avenue south of Halfway Boulevard was selling regular gas at $3.78 per gallon, but it was $3.75 per gallon with the store’s discount offers. The price for plus grade at Sheetz was $3.88 per gallon, and 93-octane super-grade was $3.98.

The Martin’s gas station on Wesel Boulevard was selling regular grade gas at $3.69 per gallon, plus grade at $3.78 and premium 92-octane at $3.88.

The local average for regular grade gas is also higher than theWashington, D.C., area, which is $3.76 per gallon, the Cumberland area at $3.75, the Baltimore area at $3.69 and the Salisbury area at $3.61.

Crude oil was at $106.70 per barrel on Friday, down from $109.77 the previous week and $104 per barrel at this time last year.

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