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Gas Prices Take Another Leap


Updated 1/30/2013 6:15 PM

The temperature isn't the only thing rising this week.

Gas Prices took a big jump up this morning in the area.

Most stations raised their prices to $3.65 a gallon, up from $3.35 just Tuesday.

Earlier this week, AAA said prices in both West Virginia and Ohio went up during the past week, putting both states above the national average.

"It's something we all need, so we have to pay the piper," said Tammy Drain, filling up Wednesday at a South Parkersburg gas station which had a lower price.

"It was so low a week ago," noted Lou Fryman, "and now, it's jumped almost 60 cents in just a short amount of time."

The cheapest price we could find was $3.39 at a 7-11 in Vienna, the only station that hadn't yet raised its prices. But don't rush out there to fill up-it's likely to be more expensive by the time you see this story.

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Updated: 1/21/ 2013 6:20 P.M.

Gas prices on Martin Luther King day were seen at below $3 a gallon for the first time in a couple of years, but they rose elsewhere.

In Marietta, just blocks from one Speedway station, where gas was $2.99 a gallon, we found another station, of the same brand, where it was $3.49.

And, as observed by some of our staff, the latter price was also posted at stations in Parkersburg.

" It's been a while," said Jessica Mick, who we observed filling up at the lower price. "I don't know exactly how long, but it's been a while.

When asked if she saw the higher price, Mick responded, "I know I was going to go (to Second street), I'm glad I didn't."

Statewide, AAA reports the average price in West Virginia is $3.41 a gallon. It's $3.30 in Ohio.

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Gas prices have been falling lately-but probably not for long.

Experts predict they could be in record territory again later this year.

Prices hit close to $4 in our area last year, and, according to gasbuddy. com, 2012 had the highest average per gallon price for gas ever.

Energy development is one of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's goals for his new term of office, and believes the rest of the nation should have a policy like that of his home state of West Virginia.

"We use the coal we have in the best way we possibly can," the senator said in a recent interview. "We have the wind and the hydro; we have the renewables, we have everything. And this country needs to use the resources that make us less dependent on foreign oil, and makes us basically stronger and more secure as a nation."

The average gas price in West Virginia is around $3.40 a gallon, while it's $3.19 in Ohio. Tthe national average is $3.30.

In our area, gas is as low as $3.20, but closer to $3.30 in most places.


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