Greenville-area gas prices drop 7 cents - FOX Carolina 21

Greenville-area gas prices drop 7 cents

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A driver fills up his gas tank at a Greenville County gas station. (File/FOX Carolina) A driver fills up his gas tank at a Greenville County gas station. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Gas prices in the Greenville area dropped 7.3 cents within the past week, according to GasBuddy.com.

The price-tracking website said the average cost for a gallon of gas in Greenville on Monday was at $3.36, which was 37 cents lower than the national average of $3.73.

Locally, the prices were 29.6 cents lower than last month and 33.6 cents lower than last year. Nationally, prices were 16.5 cents lower than last month and 20.3 cents lower than last year.

Experts said the drop in prices is all about location.

"While gasoline prices east of the Rockies have been falling, the West Coast remains at the mercy of refinery production," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The entire West Coast right now is looking for any reason for a continuation in the price rally we've seen in the last week as supply remains tight, and stakes high as Memorial Day weekend is just two weeks away. While pump prices may continue their decline outside the West Coast, any refinery blip certainly has the potential for localized hotspots, and motorists should be aware of that."

AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas was at $3.43 in South Carolina, $3.63 in North Carolina and $3.52 in Georgia.

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