One month after Hurricane Harvey, gas prices begin to tick back down

One month after Hurricane Harvey, gas prices begin to tick back down


PROVIDENCE — Nearly a month after Hurricane Harvey slowed domestic gasoline production by touching down in Texas, refineries are back in full operation and gasoline prices have begun to tick back down.

A survey conducted through AAA Northeast on Monday found prices down three cents per gallon over the past week, with self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.69 per gallon in Rhode Island.

“One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, motorists are finally starting to see declining prices,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. “Gulf Coast refining and delivery systems continue to move toward normal operations. This plus slower Fall demand means consumers can expect gas prices to remain less expensive through October.”

Rhode Island’s price is twelve cents above the national average of $2.57. A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 53 cents lower at $2.16 per gallon. The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 22 cents, from a low of $2.58 to a high of $2.80.

— Jason Vallee

Rhode Island Gas Prices

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve, Grade

$2.69 ($2.58-$2.80), Regular Unleaded

$2.89 ($2.76-$3.05), Midgrade Unleaded

$3.08 ($2.89-$3.19), Premium Unleaded

$2.73 ($2.60-$2.79), Diesel

Source: AAA Northeast

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