Why California’s Gas Price Nightmare Could Last For Weeks

Friday, October 5, 2012
By Paul Martin

Rob Wile
BusinessInsider.com
Oct. 5, 2012

California drivers may have to wait until November to see any relief at the pump, analysts say.
The state’s gas prices surged 17 cents last night and have spiked 36 cents in the past week.
A confluence of factors have caused Golden State gas prices to jump, including refinery outages and pipeline disruptions.

But the most persistent driver has been the government’s mandate that summer blend gasoline be sold through Oct. 31, AAA analyst Avery Ash told us by phone.
Wholesalers have begun petitioning the EPA for waivers to switch to winter blends for some early relief, he said.

Without that relief, prices could top the state’s 2008 record of $4.61 early next week.

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