Green is the color of St. Patrick's Day weekend, and drivers have had a little more of that color in their wallets during this past week.
AAA Mid-Atlantic is reporting that the national average for regular unleaded gas went down a penny to $3.69 a gallon. That's 15 cents lower than this time last year. However, in Delaware, gas went up 12 cents in the last week to $3.72, right where it was at this time last year. In southern New Jersey, regular went down two cents to $3.45 a gallon, and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, regular has fallen just under $3.50 a gallon, down more than three cents over the past week.
AAA says the jump in gas prices so far this year has been caused by refineries closing for maintenance as they prepare to switch over and start producing summer-blend gasoline. Even though crude oil closed last week at $93.45 a barrel, U.S. crude oil inventories increased for the eighth straight week. AAA says gas prices now will be much higher now than they will be during the summer.
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