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Gas prices on the rise, but not as high as last year

By Dan Wells - bio | email

Gas prices shot up this past week, but does it mean we are in for a summer of high fuel costs?

For the past six months, we've been enjoying lower prices at the pump. But, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in the U.S. climbed $0.14 last week.

The national average is now $2.21 a gallon. Around the Tri-state, prices range from $2.14 to $2.29 a gallon.

The cost has been rising steadily over the last week and a half. Experts says the reasons are that oil is up to $54 a barrel and refineries are switching to a more expensive summer blend. Plus, the summer driving season is here.

But boaters don't think things are that bad.

Last year, it cost more than $4.75 a gallon to gas up a boat, but for the last few days is was only $2.75 a gallon.

"It's going to be nice this year. Last year was tough," said Steve Gentile at Four Seasons Marina. "Last year, gas was about $5 at the dock and this year, we're looking at spending some time on the river versus being in here on the dock."

High river levels kept many boaters docked this weekend, but many are looking forward to a fun-filled summer.

"It's very economical," said boater Susan Ede. "With gas prices down, it's definitely going to be a hit this summer."

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