Stable summer gas prices have also come to an end. But why is gas 37 cents a gallon more than last week in MA, where the only effect Harvey had was a few hours of heavy rain this past Sunday?
Average retail gasoline prices in Wyoming have risen 11.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.53/gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of gas outlets in Wyoming.
As anyone who filled their tanks last week knows, prices shot up dramatically as Hurricane Harvey sat over Texas for days, throwing some refineries there offline. The national average is $2.64.
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Still, DeHaan and others said the precise duration and depth of the supply issues will depend on when the Gulf Coast refineries - which combined account for almost a third of USA refining capacity - are operational again, and when the Houston Ship Channel reopens. Suspension of these limits is aimed at getting distribution back into high gear, eliminate the current supply issues, and get prices back down again.
Labor Day pump prices were the highest of the year, thanks to refinery shutdowns caused by Hurricane Harvey. Walsh lives in Pawtucket but drove to Cumberland Farms in Attleboro Tuesday under the advice of the Waze app, which offers guidance on traffic routes and gas prices. "It's just one of those common misconceptions", he said. "It's been a long time".
Kleim, who was traveling from Minnesota and who also owns a Marathon gas station back home, said gas prices can actually go up before there is a reduction in supply because of the surge of people buying gas or topping off their tanks because they're anxious about a shortage of supply.
"A week ago it was about $2.31", he said.
Following Hurricane Harvey - and the devastation of numerous oil refineries in both Texas and Louisiana - the nation saw an increase in gas prices. "It likely did little to stem higher prices, but did more to help supply in the affected area".