After weeks of gas prices on the decline, prices are headed in the other direction.
Average prices in the Tacoma area are up 2.3 cents a gallon in one week, according to fuel price monitoring site GasBuddy.com.
Nationally, prices rose 2.7 cents a gallon in the same time frame.
“While gasoline prices have drifted lower in parts of the country, it’s impossible to ignore the elephant in the room: One of the largest gasoline pipelines in the country is out of service,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, in Monday’s news release.
“On Sept. 9, a mine inspector in Alabama stumbled upon a large spill from Colonial Pipeline’s large Line 1 pipeline spanning from Texas to New Jersey, the artery and only major source of gasoline deliveries for much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The pipeline was immediately shut down due to ‘integrity issues.’ ”
DeHaan noted that “prices in neighboring states and regions may also rise as gasoline supply is diverted.”
On Monday, prices in Tacoma average $2.726 a gallon, with the lowest price at $2.39 a gallon at the 76 station at Meridian and Milton Way, according to Tacomagasprices.com. In Olympia, two Arco stations on Martin Way East had the lowest price listed at $2.49 a gallon, according to Washingtongasprices.com.