Recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities have led to higher gas prices across the country this week, but those in the Northeast saw just a small rise in costs at two cents per gallon.
A gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island has risen to an average of $2.51 per gallon, a two cent increase over the previous week, according to a survey conducted Monday through AAA Northeast. Rhode Island’s price remains 15 cents below the national average of $2.66.
“The good news is we are seeing downward movement with crude oil prices and stabilization at gas pumps, but Americans can expect some fluctuation through the end of the month,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. “Should Saudi’s crude production be back to full capacity shortly, the price spikes are likely to be temporary.”
A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 31 cents higher at $2.82 per gallon.
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 34 cents, from a low of $2.38 to a high of $2.72.