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Gas prices rise nearly 3 cents in Greenville

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

Gas prices in the Greenville area increased 2.9 cents from last week, according to GasBuddy.com.

The price-tracking website reported the average cost for a gallon of gas was at $3.34 in Greenville - 33 cents below the national average of $3.67.

Locally, the price was 37.3 cents higher than a month ago, but a cent lower than last year. Nationally, the price was 24.8 cents  higher than last month, and 5.7 cents higher than last year.

Experts said a slew of refinery problems has led to the recent hike in the price at the pump.

"While these situations are temporary in nature, it goes to show this nation's dependence on domestic refineries," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "While oil prices have gained in recent days, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for motorists - driving season will be over in less than a month, and soon thereafter the EPA also relaxes gasoline mandates, meaning cheaper winter fuel."

AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas was at $3.40 in South Carolina, $3.61 in North Carolina and $3.57 in Georgia.

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