Arizona Pump Prices Reverse Course

West Coast refinery fire not to blame


Phoenix, August 9, 2012. Pump price drops in Arizona have come to an end this week, as the statewide average increased 3.9 cents to $3.317 per gallon.  Nationally, pump prices continued their upward trend, increasing 12.8 cents to $3.662 per gallon. 

The price of oil saw little movement this week, trading steady in the mid $90-per-barrel range. However, a fire at the Chevron refinery in California on Monday spurred movement in prices at the pump along the West Coast. The partial shutdown of this refinery has driven wholesale prices in San Francisco and Los Angeles up more than 30 cents a gallon. That increase has yet to fully impact pump prices but is expected to continue driving prices up through mid-August.


“Arizona’s fuel supply is delivered almost equally from the East and West Lines,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “This means we do not rely solely on California refineries for our fuel. In addition, the Chevron refinery is still partially operational. Therefore, though AAA does not foresee the fire having a major impact on Arizona prices, we do anticipate prices will continue their modest climb up until Labor Day, the last driving holiday of the summer.”


Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.179 and $3.549 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and Connecticut hold the low and high price extremes for the lower 48 states at $3.239 and $3.828 per gallon, respectively.



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*E85 MPG/BTU adjusted price







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As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 


*The BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is the nationwide average price of E-85 adjusted to reflect the lower energy content as expressed in British Thermal Units. The BTU-adjusted price is calculated and displayed as part of AAA's Fuel Gauge Report because according to the Energy Information Administration, E-85 delivers about 25 percent fewer BTUs by volume than conventional gasoline. Because "flexible fuel" vehicles can operate on conventional fuel and E-85, the BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is essential to understanding the cost implications of each fuel choice for consumers.


AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.