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Gas Prices Continue To Soar In The Pelham Area

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Traditionally, gas prices around the country rise during the summer, peak in August and begin to drop after the busy Labor Day weekend. This year, Pelham area drivers may not see price relief at the pumps for some time.

With Hurricane Isaac knocking out power to countless refineries in the Gulf Coast, and an unsettled situation overseas, gas prices in the state have risen an average of 13 cents in the past week, to $4.13, the third highest in the continental United States. The national average was $3.87 as of Thursday, more than 20 cents higher than a year ago.

AAA spokesperson Robert Sinclair Jr. said immediate relief should not be expected, and things can change by the day depending on various factors.

“This is really a day-to-day progression, things happen overseas we cannot control and prices can change significantly from one day to the next,” he said. “People were popping champagne after we hit an April peak and prices started to drop, and things literally changed the next day.”

Sinclair said Isaac caused a slight bump in prices, but a more threatening issue is the upheaval in the Middle East, which may ultimately threaten the nation’s supply of crude oil.

“We’re seeing some of the effects of the global market,” he added. “The continuing tensions with Iran may ultimately take away as much as 20 percent of the world’s crude oil.”

Jackie Miller said the rise in gas prices makes her not want to travel.

“I rent a car each time I go to LI [Long Island] and with the cost of gas it makes me not want to go,” she said via a post on The Pelham Daily Voice Facebook page.

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