TAMPA, Fla. ( — Gas prices spiked during the past week in response to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the fuel refining region in the Gulf Coast. This left motorists with the most expensive Labor Day gas prices in three years. Just as operations in the Gulf Coast begin to recover, motorists are faced with the potential of another major storm.
- The national average jumped 28 cents in the last 10 days.
- Monday’s average price of $2.64 per gallon is the highest since August 20, 2015.
- Florida’s average price rose 33 cents in the past 6 days.
- Monday’s average price of $2.64 per gallon is the highest since July 16, 2015.
- Georgia’s average price rose 44 cents in the past 8 days.
- Monday’s average price of $2.69 per gallon is the highest since June 23, 2015.
- Tennessee’s average price rose 40 cents in the past 8 days.
- Monday’s average price of $2.552 per gallon is the highest since July 5, 2015.
Refineries Recovering, Supply Stable in Southeastern U.S.
Refineries in Corpus Christi, Houston, Port Charles and Louisiana are recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and beginning move product again. In addition, Colonial Pipeline expects to fully restore operations to Line 1 of it’s gasoline supply line on Tuesday. While the impact of Hurricane Harvey left some markets in Texas without gasoline, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee remain well supplied.
Gas Prices Leveling Off
“Gas prices are reaching a point where they should begin to plateau,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Wholesale prices are finally showing weakness, which will relieve upward pressure on the retail side. Unfortunately, for motorists in the southeastern U.S., they may not see prices move lower until Hurricane Irma is long gone.
“Retailers will not be in a big hurry to lower prices for a number of reasons,” Jenkins continued. “For starters, retailers have the right to choose what they charge for gasoline. However, a state of emergency, like the one issued in Florida, prevents retailers from grossly raising prices beyond anything they’ve charged in the past 30 days. If they do, retailers have to prove justifiable cause, based on market trends.”
Motorists can report information to the Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline at 1-866-966-7226. You may also report violations online at http://myfloridalegal.com or mail documents to the following address:
Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol, PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
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About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.4 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57.7 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.