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Fresno motorists paying more at the pump

Gas prices are going up in Fresno as refineries shift from winter to summer blends, causing some supply disruption.
Gas prices are going up in Fresno as refineries shift from winter to summer blends, causing some supply disruption. AP

Fresno’s price for gasoline has jumped 12 cents in one week, the AAA said Monday.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded Monday was $2.45, the auto club said in its Fuel Tracker report. A week ago, a gallon cost $2.33.

Gas was cheaper last month, at $2.21. But motorists were paying more a year ago, when a gallon cost $3.34.

On Monday the average price for a gallon in California was $2.59. The national average was $1.93.

AAA said gas prices typically go up in March as that is when refineries in California shift from making the winter blend of fuel and do scheduled maintenance so they can produce the cleaner-burning summer blend.

“Prices generally move during this time of year and the impact of this shift in schedule, combined with other seasonal factors, may cause prices to temporarily swing upward at the regional level at a faster rate than normal,” said Cynthia Harris, a spokeswoman for AAA Northern California.

That said, the lower price of crude oil and abundant supplies this year should keep a ceiling on how high gas prices move in the coming months, the auto club said.

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