SoCal gas prices highest in nation and expected to rise
(FOX 11) - Southern California residents are paying more for gas than any other state in the nation including Hawaii.
The recent sharp increases are the result of a series of refinery issues that have reduced supply, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.
"Refineries in Wilmington and Carson reported unplanned flaring as a result of breakdowns last weekend, according to Oil Price Information Service," Spring said.
"OPIS also reports that operations have not yet recovered for Phillips 66 after the March 16 fire at the company's Carson refinery.
Some Northern California and Pacific Northwest refineries are dealing with planned and unplanned maintenance also, making for a tight gasoline supply throughout the West Coast."
The average price has risen 28 consecutive days, increasing 50.7 cents, according to figures from the AAA and OPIS. It is 18.9 cents more than one week ago, 51.4 cents higher than one month ago and 28.8 cents greater than one year ago.
The Orange County average price rose 3.9 cents to $3.831, its highest amount since Oct. 15. It has risen 20 consecutive days, increasing 50.9 cents. It is 19.7 cents more than one week ago, 52.6 cents higher than one month ago and 29.1 cents greater than one year ago.
CNS contributed to this report.