(WASHINGTON) — Gas prices are continuing to climb across the United States. The average price of a gallon of gasoline is $3.72, up seven cents from a week ago, according to the Department of Energy.
In the U.S., the price of gas in California continues to be the highest. The average price of gas on the West Coast rose to $3.95, up 19 cents from the previous week. Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation’s largest oil refineries.
Meanwhile, the same U.S. Chemical Safety Board team that investigated the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico was standing by with state and company inspectors waiting for structural and environmental tests to see if it was safe to enter the unit. In all, five separate investigations will be done to determine the cause and effects of the Monday night blaze at Chevron’s Richmond refinery.
The Rocky Mountain region, according to the Department of Energy, saw a decline in the price of gasoline for the fourth consecutive week.
The Gulf Coast saw an eight cent decline in gas prices, ending the week of Aug. 13 at $3.49.
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Susie East, CNN
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