Gas prices up slightly in Inland Empire, down elsewhere

January 10th, 2014 | by Colin Atagi | Comments

After weeks of rising fuel prices, the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel has dropped slightly across Southern California, but not in the Inland Empire.

According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, drivers in the Inland Empire are paying an average of $3.68 per gallon, which is up half a cent since seven days ago.

But across the rest of Southern California, including in Los Angeles and San Diego, prices have gone down anywhere from a tenth of a cent to an entire penny.

tdsdc5-6dco8bj135l1bsfvpgh2_layoutThe increase, which is considered insignificant among experts, is not indicative of any fuel-related issues in the Inland Empire.

“It might just be a lag,” said Jeff Spring, spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. “Each region has its own little quirks here and there.”

“Some areas are going up, but some are going up miniscule and some are going up tenths of a penny.”

But in the Santa Barbara area, the average price dropped a penny to $3.71 per gallon, according to the Auto Club.

Meanwhile, Orange County’s average dropped half a cent to $3.67.

tdsdc5-6dasuzp8955p76wtkye_layoutOverall, gas prices are on a downward trend and Spring said the Inland Empire’s fuel prices should follow suit.

But how long the decline lasts remains a mystery.

Last month, fuel experts said prices could go up in the first quarter of 2014 because fuel refineries across California are shutting down for annual maintenance.

Even then, though, prices weren’t expected to skyrocket since the shut-downs are planned for in advance and are not cause for emergencies.

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