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Gas prices roller coaster headed down again

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm with No Comments »
October 16, 2012 3:44 pm

South Sound gas prices have fallen more than five cents a gallon since this time last week and appear, at least for now, headed below $4 a gallon.

According to the News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder, the average price today was $4.053 in the Tacoma area.

Gas prices here hit 4.11 a gallon last week before dropping again.

But prices have descended this fall before only to bounce upward again. On September, 26, for instance, local prices averaged $3.97 a gallon, but they moved upward in response to refinery and pipeline problems in California.

Some local motorists report huge differences in prices at local stations. The lowest price in the area is $3.82 at a Bonney Lake Fred Meyer. That compares with $4.29 a gallon for gas in nearby Buckley. That’s nearly 50 cents a gallon difference.

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