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Gas prices fall

August 05, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Gas prices dropped nationally and locally for the second straight week Monday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report online at http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com.

Regular-grade gas in Hagerstown averaged $3.60 a gallon Monday, a drop from the $3.63 average at the same time a week ago. That is still more expensive than the $3.44 average this time a month ago and the $3.49 average this time a year ago.

Nationally, regular-grade gas cost $3.61 Monday, down from the $3.63 average last week.

In Maryland, the average dropped from $3.67 last week to $3.64 Monday.

Prices in Hagerstown Monday afternoon ranged from $3.47 a gallon for regular-grade gas at the Martin’s station on Wesel Boulevard to $3.65 a gallon at the Long Meadow Service Center on Leitersburg Pike, according to the Mid-Atlantic AAA Fuel Price Finder online at http://aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx.

Despite the recent drop, gas prices could begin to increase in August due to the possibility for hurricanes, which could lead to refinery problems, AAA said in its Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch. AAA Mid-Atlantic Public and Government Affairs Manager Ragina Averella said in the report that August could be a “volatile” month for prices because of the summertime demand for gas, expensive crude oil prices, and possible refinery issues and hurricanes.

“Gas prices could remain flat or drop if refineries run smoothly and without any major hurricane threat to the Gulf Coast,” AAA said in a news release.

Across the state Monday, regular-grade gas on average cost $3.62 in Baltimore, $3.59 in Cumberland, $3.52 in Salisbury and $3.68 in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

In Hagerstown, mid-grade gas cost $3.74 on average Monday, premium cost $3.90 and diesel fuel cost $3.86.

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