No Summer Relief for Gas Prices

9:58 AM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Normally there's no pain at the pump this time of year. During August gas prices normally go down.

But that's not the case this year.

Right now AAA says you're paying an average of $3.75 for a gallon of gas. That's ten cents more than last week, and nearly 20 cents more than a month ago.

Steve Pacer of AAA of Western and Central New York explain why.

"For us in the Northeast, it's basically the cost of crude oil.  When crude oil increases, that means you and I are paying more at the pump.  Across the rest of the country, there's a lot of refinery issues, especially in the midwest and on the west coast.  Also, the drought is really affecting the cost and the production of ethanol in the midwest too.  So all of those factors are kind of leading to everyone in America paying more."

Pacer adds AAA is hopeful that prices will go down after Labor Day when people drive less and the demand for gas goes down.

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