There’s not been much relief at area gas pumps in the past week.
Prices are almost 15 cents a gallon higher than this time a year ago for the area, and more than a dime higher than a month ago, according to price monitoring site Gasbuddy.com.
Monday in Tacoma, the average price was $2.725 a gallon, with the cheapest price listed at tacomagasprices.com, $2.39 a gallon at the 76 station, 728 E. Meridian.
GasBuddy showed Seattle’s average at $2.754 a gallon, with various Costco centers offering the cheapest rates for the Seattle metro at $2.39 a gallon.
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In Olympia, two Arco stations, both on Martin Way East, topped the list of bargain sites Monday at washingtongasprices.com, at $2.49 a gallon.
Last week’s major fuel concern was the Colonial Pipeline, which subsequently had its service restored.
“While it appears that the worst may be behind us, we’re not out of the woods yet, where gasoline inventory levels are concerned,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, in Monday’s news release. “The overall drop in gasoline inventory tied to Colonial Pipeline was approximately 8.5 million barrels. To put that in perspective, in the two weeks following Hurricane Katrina, East Coast gasoline inventories shed 3.3 million barrels.”