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Gas pain: Valley prices close in on $4



Published: Wed, April 27, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

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The Vindicator

Gasoline reached $3.99 a gallon in some areas of the Mahoning Valley on Tuesday, and prices are expected to jump above $4 a gallon in some locations as early as today. This sign bore the grim news to motorists at a Sunoco station on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.

By Karl Henkel

khenkel@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Don’t look now.

No, really, don’t look, unless $4-a-gallon gasoline isn’t bothersome.

The average price for regular unleaded gas in Northeast Ohio jumped to $3.90 a gallon by midday Tuesday, according to statistics from AAA East Central, and drivers can expect gas prices at some Mahoning Valley stations to leap past $4 a gallon beginning today.

With many stations late Tuesday posting prices at $3.99.9, that really isn’t too far of a jump.

“We’re seeing these prices go up as oil prices trend toward $115 a barrel,” said Bevi Powell, director of communications for AAA East Central. “And for the short term, we’re going to see them trend upward.”

Uprisings in the Middle East and Africa and the infusion of a special “summer blend” of gasoline required by the Environmental Protection Agency often are blamed for the increase.

Regardless, gas in the Valley has inched toward $4 a gallon, primarily in Youngstown, and is expected to cross that price threshold today.

“We see people trying to combine errands and travel with someone else,” Powell said about the effect of $4 fuel.

“More people are also trying to stretch a tank of gas or get to a station with lower prices.”

In fact, Powell said AAA has seen an 18-percent increase in calls of drivers running out of fuel in year-over-year statistics.

Gas hasn’t hit $4 a gallon since 2008. In July 2008, gas in Youngstown reached its highest level ever, $4.05 a gallon. Last year at this time, gas was $2.76 in the Valley, according to AAA. Just one month ago, gas was $3.51.

The BP station at the corner of Gypsy Lane and Belmont Avenue in Trumbull County was at $3.99.9 for unleaded-regular late Tuesday afternoon, as was a Sunoco Station about a mile south on Belmont.

Mark Fabian, general sales manager at Greenwood Chevrolet, 4665 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown, said the dealership is prepared for a rush on fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze and the Malibu, but that not every customer is worried about fuel prices.

“People buy what they need,” he said. “If people need a truck, they’ll buy a truck. It doesn’t matter what gas prices are.”


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1redeye1(4628 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Gone0 You are goofy, Electric cars are more expensive to maintain. If you are in an accident with a electric car haz mat has to show up at the scene. Why? Because of the batteries! That is not covered by your insurance. Second, Look at the state of Washington. They are going to start charging a fee of $400.00 a year to those driving an electric car No thanks!!

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2ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If gas is so high, why do I still see so many people driving to the mall on 224? If I see one more crappy Cavalier with a stupid decal on it and a 15 or 41 on the plate...

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3redeye1(4628 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

GoneO Do you really think that the Gov't is going to let you drive on the highways scott free. They have to have to have money to pay for roads and repairs to the roads. If everyone bought an electric car, I'll bet the gov't would tax you to death just to get your money.If you go on a trip where are going to get a recharge at. I'll bet you will pay thru the nose for it. If it isn't OPEC holding us hostage it will be our own Gov't doing it.

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4redeye1(4628 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

You really can't say that you would be ahead because you don't know how much money the Gov't will want. It might be more then you are paying for gas. As far as electric rates if BO gets rid of coal as the fuel for electric plants who knows what they will charge. Alot more for the equipment change that has to occur when that happens.

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5Eric(196 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

So are you saying Bush didn't rake in billions in profits for big oil and banks? During the Bush era big oil had record profits, and his deregulation of banks helped them to record profits by giving mortgages to anyone who could breathe. But or course that's okay because it's a free market, right?

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6redeye1(4628 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Hey Eric get your facts straight. The democrats are the one who lower the standard for mortgages not Bush. Probably your buddy Billy Boy Clinton was your hero too!

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7hmm(184 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Take oil off the commodities market and the price will drop by 60%. between "speculators" and the Middle East problem Rational gas will never drop. as it statnds now .................... Remember "the magestic 12" runs the country anyway LOL.............. google it

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