04 September 2011





Jeff Lennox, spokesperson, AAA Auto Club South,
(813) 288-7906 office, (813) 449-2734 cell, JLennox@AAASouth.com  

Jessica Brady, manager, AAA Public Relations,
(813) 288-7294 office, (813) 532-5327 cell, JBrady@AAASouth.com  




TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2011)--The trading price of crude oil inched up slightly last week as news of Tropical Storm Lee threatened Gulf refineries. Tropical Storm Lee caused multiple companies to shutdown and evacuate refineries in the Gulf of Mexico cutting off 48 percent of output quotas.

Hurricane Katia has yet to make landfall, but is threatening the East coast of the U.S. Currently a Category 2 hurricane, Katia has the potential to damage refineries along the East coast, which could push oil and gas prices higher. Crude oil closed Friday at $86.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange--$1.08 more than the week prior. 

"Retail gas prices rose an average of 5 cents last week in the Southeast and are expected to increase further this week after Lee disrupted Gulf refining," said Jessica Brady, spokesperson, AAA Auto Club South. "Normally, oil would trade at higher prices as a result of the storms, but bearish economic news is keeping downward pressure on prices."

The national average price of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.66 a gallon, 6 cents more than last week. Florida’s average price of $3.61, Georgia’s average price of $3.58, and Tennessee’s average price of $3.48 all increased 5 cents from last week, respectively.



Regular Unleaded Gasoline


                                    Current           Week Ago      Month Ago     Year Ago

National:                    $3.662         $3.609                  $3.700              $2.683

Florida:                      $3.617          $3.569                  $3.702              $2.626

Georgia:                     $3.587          $3.538                  $3.696             $2.544

Tennessee:                $3.488          $3.437                   $3.568            $2.500


AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report is updated each day and reflects actual prices from credit card transactions within the past 24 hours at two-thirds (100,000) gasoline stations in the U.S. Its accuracy is unparalleled.


Next Fuel Price Brief:  Sunday, September 11, 2011 


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