R.I. gas prices tick down 3 cents this week

GAS PRICES in Rhode Island declined 3 cents this week to $2.56 per gallon. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline declined 3 cents to $2.56 per gallon, 1 cent below the national average of $2.57 per gallon, according to AAA Northeast Tuesday.

Prices at this time last year were 30 cents higher at $2.86 per gallon. Prices ranged 38 cents across the state, ranging from $2.39 to $2.77 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.85 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.69 to $3.03 per gallon.
  • Premium gas averaged $3.02 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.89 to $3.13 per gallon.
  • Diesel fuel averaged $2.96 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.79 to $3.35 per gallon.

“As an East Coast storm, Hurricane Dorian is not threatening major oil and gas infrastructure, so its impact is localized to its path along the East Coast,” said AAA Northeast Manager of Public Affairs & Traffic Safety Diana Imondi in a statement. “For New England and the rest of the country, demand, which remains high, is chipping away at supply, but not at a high-enough rate to increase gas prices.”

In Massachusetts, the average price of regular gas declined 1 cent this week to $2.59 per gallon, 2 cents above the national average and 25 cents lower than prices at this time last year. Prices ranged 67 cents from $2.39 top $3.06 per gallon.

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  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.83 per gallon, ranging from $2.65 to $3.19 per gallon.
  • Premium gas averaged $3.03 per gallon, ranging from $2.75 to $3.39 per gallon.
  • Diesel fuel averaged $2.96 per gallon, ranging from $2.69 to $3.29 per gallon.

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