Consumer alert: $4 gas arrives in Fresno

The Fresno BeeApril 8, 2014 

Alfonso Balboa glances at the gas prices, as he fills up his pickup March 27 at the Chevron at Ventura and Cedar avenues.

JOHN WALKER — THE FRESNO BEE Buy Photo

Average gas prices in Fresno have hit the $4 mark.

AAA of Northern California released its monthly gas price report Tuesday. The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Fresno rose 14 cents over the last month.

The average price in the Visalia-Tulare-Porterville area rose 18 cents to $3.99.

Valley prices are running slightly below the state average, which is at $4.05.

Nationwide, prices rose 10 cents to an average $3.59.

Prices in California rise each spring as refineries switch to a cleaner-burning but more expensive blend of gasoline. Refinery maintenance that accompanies the switch also contributes to higher prices, according to AAA.

Most refineries are finished with that work, but demand for gas recently reached a three-month high nationwide, which pushes prices up, a AAA spokesman said.

Other factors are putting downward pressure on prices. The cost of crude oil dropped Monday. And Libyan rebels agreement to reopen two ports to oil shipments is expected to return 180,000 barrels of oil a day to the global market.

The Fresno Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service