Gas Prices Jump Up, But Could Drop Quickly Back

Statewide Iowa — Gas prices jumped up across the state just before the weekend started, but an expert says the increase shouldn’t last long.

AAA Iowa spokesman Brian Ortner says OPEC’s announcement they’re extending production cuts to the end of the year is one factor in the increase, as is the price of crude oil topping 87 dollars a barrel.

The maintenance lowers the production capacity. Ortner says there are several things that should keep the gas jump from being long term.

His advice is to understand the hike is something that won’t last long.

Some areas saw a jump of 70 cents on Friday.

Gas prices vary quite a bit in northwest Iowa. A quick check of shows prices in the last 24 hours as low as $3.49 in Rock Rapids, $3.52 in Sanborn, and $3.53 in Sioux Center. Primghar’s gas was listed at $3.69. $3.79 was a popular price, with stations in George, Hartley, Orange City, and Paullina all selling a gallon for that price. Sibley and Hawarden stations were selling it for $3.89. $3.99 was the price in Larchwood and Inwood. While one station in Sibley was selling it for $3.89, another was selling it for $4.04, as was a station in Ocheyedan. Sheldon had the most expensive gas in the four-county area, with one station selling it for $4.09 per gallon.



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