Gasoline prices are rising, according to Gail Weinholzer at AAA-Nebraska. She says the statewide average price for gas is now at $3.64 a gallon, up about a dime a gallon in the past several days.
“It’s a direct result of the increase in crude oil prices over the last week, selling as high as $110 a barrel,”Weinholzer says. “That’s a significant increase that’s due almost exclusively to the tension in the Middle East and what appears to be a rather emminent strike by the United States against Syria.”
Weinholzer says there are no gas shortages in Nebraska.
“Supplies are fine,” she says. “Obviously, we have a little bit of an increased demand for Labor Day but nothing wildly out of the realm of average.
She expects gas prices to drop after the holiday as there will be a drop in demand with the end of the summer driving season. Also, prices should fall mid-September as we make the switch to winter blends of fuel, which are easier to refine.
Nebraska’s current average price of $3.64 a gallon is six cents higher than the national average.