R.I. and Mass. gas prices steady before East Coast storm

GAS PRICES IN RHODE ISLAND remained level this week, but an impending East Coast hurricane could drive up prices. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER
GAS PRICES IN RHODE ISLAND remained level this week, but an impending East Coast hurricane could drive up prices. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER

PROVIDENCE – Self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline prices in Rhode Island remained unchanged this week at an average of $2.86 per gallon, 2 cents above the national average and 13 cents higher than one year prior, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

“Prices at the pump in our area are stable or dropping slightly, as predicted post-Labor Day,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs, in a statement. “But Hurricane Florence, which is bearing down on South Carolina and Virginia, will likely have an impact on East Coast gas prices this week if the storm follows its projected path.”

Prices in Rhode Island ranged 40 cents from $2.69 to $3.09 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $3.11 per gallon, ranging from $2.89 to $3.49 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.29 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.59 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.18 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.99 to $3.29 per gallon

In Massachusetts, regular gas averaged $2.83 per gallon, down 1 cent from the previous week, 1 cent lower than the national average and 13 cents higher than prices one year prior. Prices in the Bay State ranged 40 cents, ranging from $2.65 to $3.05 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas in Massachusetts averaged $3.03 per gallon, ranging from $2.79 to $3.29 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.18 per gallon, ranging from $2.89 to $3.49 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.12 per gallon, ranging from $2.89 to $3.39 per gallon
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