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Gas prices continue to drop with approach of Memorial Day

Price continues to fall in Hagerstown area, where average is now $3.59 per gallon

May 23, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The Liberty station at the intersection of Nottingham Road and West Washington Street had the cheapest regular grade gas among the stations the Herald-Mail visited Wednesday.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, gasoline prices continue to slide.

The national average for regular grade gas dropped for the sixth consecutive week down to $3.69 from $3.73 per gallon, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch. It was $3.89 a gallon at this time last year.

The price continues to fall in the Hagerstown area, where the average is now $3.59 per gallon, down from $3.63 last week and $3.90 this time last year. The average on Wednesday in the area was $3.57 per gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder at midatlantic.aaa.com.

The Shell station at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Nottingham Road was selling regular grade gas at $3.65, plus grade at $3.75 and 93-octane premium grade at $3.89 per gallon.

Down the street, the Liberty Gas Station at the intersection of West Washington Street and Nottingham Road was selling regular grade at $3.53, midgrade at $3.63 and 93-octane premium grade at $3.73 per gallon.

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The BP Station in Sharpsburg at the intersection of Md. 34 and Md. 65 was selling regular grade at $3.62, silver grade at $3.82 and 93-octane ultimate grade at $3.92 per gallon.

The Sheetz station at the intersection of Md. 63 and U.S. 40 was selling regular grade at $3.58 a gallon, but it was $3.55 with the company’s discount offers. Plus grade was selling at $3.68, and 93-octane Super grade was $3.78 per gallon.

The Exxon Station at the intersection of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive was selling regular grade at $3.55, plus grade at $3.65, 93-octane Supreme at $3.75 and diesel fuel at $3.95 per gallon.

The largest price drop in the region was in theWashington, D.C., area this week, where the average price fell from $3.76 to $3.68, making it slightly lower than the national average.

The state average dropped from $3.68 per gallon to $3.63 this week.

The average price dropped from $3.65 to $3.60 a gallon in Baltimore; from $3.69 to $3.62 in Cumberland; and from $3.56 to $3.53 in Salisbury.

Crude oil was at $91.48 per barrel on Friday, down from $96.13 the previous week and $110 the previous year. 

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