Local Gas Prices Continue to Rise Sharply

The pain at the pump keeps getting worse, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

AAA Texas reports the average price of gas in San Antonio has taken another major jump in the past week, and is now at $2.14 a gallon. Just three weeks ago, we were paying an average of $1.90.

AAA reports much of the increase is due to fluctuating crude oil prices caused largely by continuing chaos in OPEC member Venezuela.

This is also the time of year that refineries are doing routine maintenance and preparing to put out more expensive, cleaner, summer blend gasoline which is required by the EPA.

The end of the bitter cold weather up north has also increased demand, as much driving was halted due to snow and ice.

The good news...we're still paying 8 cents less at the pump today than we paid on the last day of February (which was the 29th because it was a leap year) last year.

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