2015-02-05 / Front Page

Town gas prices shoot up $.20

A labor dispute at a Tesoro refinery in Martinez, which processes about 8 percent of the state's gas, is partially responsible for a steep rise in fuel prices. (Tesoro | CONTRIBUTED)A labor dispute at a Tesoro refinery in Martinez, which processes about 8 percent of the state's gas, is partially responsible for a steep rise in fuel prices. (Tesoro | CONTRIBUTED)Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 - 9 a.m. - Motorists were stunned this week when the price of gas shot up $.20 in town on Wednesday.

By Wednesday afternoon, the price of regular unleaded had gone from $2.49 a gallon to $2.69 a gallon at Mariposa's Stage Stop and Grizzly Gas stations.

A labor strike at Tesoro's refinery in the Bay Area city of Martinez may be part of the cause, said Allison Mac of the Web site GasBuddy.com.

A seasonal switchover to a summer fuel blend is also responsible, the gas analyst explained.

"This is basically what the industry calls the first-quarter crawl," Mac said.

Statewide, gas prices were up an average of $.10 today over one week ago, the Auto Club's Daily Fuel Gauge Report said today.

This week, Stockton gas supplier S&C Fuels' rate was up by close to .$30 over a week ago, said Helen Kwalwasser of Triangle Market today.

"It's gone way up," Kwalwasser said. 

The price of regular unleaded will remain at $2.37 a gallon until Triangle Market receives a new gas shipment this coming Monday or Tuesday, Kwalwasser added.

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