Paulding County motorists were paying more and Bartow motorists less than the average driver statewide for regular unleaded gas recently, a AAA survey found.

And Georgia gas prices last week continued to decline with the state’s motorists paying an average of 5 cents less than in previous week, 19 cents less than this time last month, and 33 cents less than this time in 2018, a news release stated.

However, prices likely will rise because of heightened market fears due to rising tensions in the Middle East following a reported attack on two oil tankers in the region, the June 17 AAA release stated.

The average price June 17 was $2.52 per gallon in Paulding and $2.39 per gallon in Bartow, compared to the Metro Atlanta average of $2.51 per gallon and the Georgia average of $2.47 per gallon for regular unleaded, according to a news release by AAA-The Auto Club Group June 17.

Meanwhile, it cost an average of $37.05 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gas in Georgia which is $5.55 less than what motorists paid in May 2018 when pump prices hit their 2018 peak of $2.84 per gallon.

Georgia’s most expensive metro markets were Hinesville- Fort Stewart ($2.53), Macon ($2.52), Atlanta ($2.51) and Savannah ($2.49).

The least expensive metro markets in Georgia were Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.26), Albany ($2.31), and Columbus ($2.33), the release stated.

Georgia’s per-gallon prices for unleaded regular were $2.47 June 15; $2.52 on June 10; $2.66 on May 17; and $2.80 in June 2018.

AAA also reported the Georgia record high price for unleaded regular is $4.16 per gallon on Sept. 15, 2008.

Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman for AAA – The Auto Club Group, said, “Increased stocks of gasoline continue to push pump prices lower, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

“As the summer driving season gets under way, increased gas stocks will help to supply high demand and keep prices low.”

However, AAA also noted crude oil prices have increased over the past two days as a result of heightened market fears due to rising tensions in the Middle East.

Approximately 20% of global crude oil supplies flow through the Gulf of Oman where two tankers reportedly were attacked June 13, the New York Times reported.

The Trump Administration attributed the attack to Iran, with Iran denying the accusation.

If tension between the U.S. and Iran escalates, the market will likely continue pushing global crude prices higher due to increased fears that more tankers could be targeted, the release stated.

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