LESS THAN NATIONAL: East Valley drivers are paying $3.07 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, which is 16 cents less than the national average of $3.23 per gallon. The national average hit record highs for the second week in a row.
MORE NUMBERS: Prices in the East Valley increased by 0.8 cents, while the cost in Scottsdale increased by 3 cents last week to an average of $3.16 per gallon.
ROLE REVERSAL? Linda Gorman, spokeswoman for AAA Arizona, said Valley prices are much better than a week ago. “Usually we lead the pack with California, so this is kind of a reverse for us,” she said.
SUPPLIES IMPROVING: Supply and demand loosened up on the West Coast, causing prices in California to retreat. Midwest refinery glitches have caused Illinois to have the highest prices at $3.52 per gallon.
REFINERY PROBLEMS: AAA said there have been ongoing refinery issues in the Midwest since April, which were compounded when they were shut down to perform maintenance. Valero’s McKee refinery in Texas and ConocoPhillips’ refinery in Louisiana shut down temporarily Thursday over glitches.
EAST VALLEY REACTION: Scottsdale resident Bob Auld said he has come to terms with the higher prices. “They’re probably not going to go down ever, so we just have to get used to it. Accepting it is how I’m dealing with it,” Auld said.