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Gas prices up nationally, but not locally

July 11, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The Liberty Gas Station on West Washington Street had the cheapest gas prices among the stations the Herald-Mail visited Wednesday.
Photo by Caleb Calhoun

Gas prices nationally have increased for the first time since April, and they could possibly shift upward over the next few weeks, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch.

The national average for regular grade gas rose from $3.35 a gallon to $3.36 a gallon, and the state average rose from $3.32 to $3.35. The Hagerstown average, however, was projected to drop from $3.39 to $3.36, but it was only $3.38 on Wednesday, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder.

The Liberty gas station on West Washington Street on Wednesday was selling regular grade gas at $3.33, mid-grade at $3.43 and 93-octane premium grade at $3.54 per gallon.

The Sheetz station at the intersection of Washington Street and Cannon Avenue was selling regular grade gas at $3.42 per gallon, but it was $3.39 with company discounts. Plus grade was $3.62, 93-octane Super grade was $3.92 and diesel fuel was $3.69 a gallon.

The BP station on Maugans Avenue, off Interstate 81 at Exit 9, was selling regular grade gas at $3.39, silver grade at $3.49 and 93-octane ultimate grade at $3.63 per gallon.

Near Smithsburg, the Exxon station at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Mapleville Road was selling regular grade gas at $3.39, plus grade at $3.49, 93-octane supreme grade at $3.59 and diesel fuel at $3.69 per gallon.

The Martin’s gas station along Longmeadow Road was selling regular grade gas at $3.35, plus grade at $3.45 and 92-octane premium grade at $3.55 per gallon.

Outside of Hagerstown and Cumberland, prices rose throughout the state, in Baltimore from $3.30 to $3.34 per gallon; in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, from $3.35 to $3.37; and in Salisbury, from $3.27 to $3.32 per gallon. They dropped in Cumberland from $3.35 to $3.33.

Crude oil was at $87.22 per barrel last Thursday, up from $77.69 the previous week and down from $96.89 at this time last year.

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