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Despite dip, 2012 had most expensive gas yet

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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 dropped 1.9 cents during the past week, but 2012 will go down as the most expensive year yet, according to GasBuddy.com.

The price-tracking website reported the average cost for a gallon of gas in the Greenville area was $3.12 - 27 cents lower than the national average of $3.39.

Locally, the price was 8.6 cents higher than last month and 11.5 cents higher than last year. Nationally, the price was 11.3 cents less than last month, but a dime more than last year.

GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said the math indicates that this year will go down as the all-time most expensive year for gasoline.

"We will stand at $3.63 per gallon for a yearly average," DeHaan said. "Gasoline prices would need to average no more than $2.35 per gallon for every day left in 2012 for the national average to drop below 2011, something that appears impossible."

DeHaan said he has lowed his forecast gas price for Christmas to between $3.25 and $3.35 per gallon.

AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas was at $3.15 in South Carolina, $3.32 in North Carolina and $3.27 in Georgia.

Texas had the nation's cheapest gas, while Hawaii had the most expensive, according to GasBuddy.com.

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