The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County rose Tuesday to its highest amount since Nov. 30, $3.48, but the increase of seven-tenths of a cent ended a streak of six consecutive increases of at least 1 cent.
The average price has risen 10 consecutive days and 15 of the past 16, increasing 21.2 cents, including 1.3 cents on Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 18.9 cents more than one week ago, 21.9 cents higher than one month ago and 1.7 cents greater than one year ago.
The rising prices are the result of a reduction in supply caused by a partial shutdown of the Phillips 66 Carson refinery, planned maintenance at the Torrance Refinery and unplanned flaring at the Chevron El Segundo refinery, said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.
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