Refinery problems blamed for hike in national gas prices

    The national average for a gallon of regular gas has risen 34 cents since the start of July. The Associated Press reports that the increased crude oil prices are due to problems with refineries and pipelines in the Midwest and on the West Coast.

    Nonetheless, prices in the tri-state area continue to hold in the middle of the pack.


    According to AAA the average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.685. Area prices fall just around the national average: Pennsylvania $3.675, New Jersey $3.615, Delaware $3.693.

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    Those hit hardest at the pump are in Alaska, California, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin, where prices are now over $4 a gallon.

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