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Hagerstown-area gas prices drop

March 13, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

The average price of regular grade gas dropped this week in the Hagerstown area, despite rising once again nationally, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch.

Although the national average went up 3 cents a gallon this week for regular grade gas, it dropped on Tuesday by 0.33 cents per gallon for the first time since late January, the gas watch said.

The average in the Hagerstown area this week is $3.75 per gallon for regular grade gas — 4 cents lower than the national average of $3.79 and 3 cents lower than the state average of $3.78.

The lowest and highest prices for regular gas in the area were $3.69 and $3.82 per gallon, respectively, on Tuesday, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder’s website for the region at http://midatlantic.aaa.com.

The Pilot Travel Center on Halfway Boulevard at Hopewell Road just off of Interstate 81at Exit 5 was selling regular grade gas at $3.69 per gallon on Tuesday. It offered no plus grade fuel, but its 92-octane grade was $3.95 per gallon. Diesel fuel was $4.19 per gallon.

In contrast, the Sheetz station at the intersection of Longmeadow Road and Pennsylvania Avenue was selling regular grade gas at $3.82 per gallon, even though it was $3.79 with the store’s discount offers. Plus grade was $3.92, 93-octane Super grade $4.02 and diesel $4.15 per gallon.

Exxon station on Clear Spring Road just off of Interstate 70 at Exit 18 near Clear Spring had regular grade gas at $3.79 per gallon. Plus grade gas was $3.99, while the station's 93-octane supreme grade was at $4.09, the same price as diesel fuel.

The Shell station on Washington Avenue at Nottingham Road had  regular grade gas at $3.79 per gallon. Plus grade was $3.89 and premium at $3.99 per gallon.

The Liberty gas station on Frederick Street was selling regular grade gas at $3.73 per gallon, mid-grade at $3.83, 93-octane supreme grade at $3.93 and diesel at $4. 

The average for regular grade gas in the Washington, D.C., area was $3.84 per gallon. In the Cumberland, Md., area it was $3.74; $3.77 in the Baltimore area; and $3.60 around Salisbury.

Crude oil was at $107.40 per barrel on Friday, up from $106.70  the previous week and $101 at this time last year.

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