Gas prices heading for $4 a gallon

PARKERSBURG – Gas prices continue to rise nationally, and Wood County is the home to the highest prices in West Virginia.

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, West Virginia gas prices climbed this week as local motorists paid an average 16 cents more at the pump. Tuesday’s average was $3.856.

Prices in and around Marietta are about the same.

Among West Virginia cities the price of gasoline in Parkersburg is the highest in the state at $3.892 and at $3.891 Huntington is second.

According to the Fuel Gauge, gas prices are continuing to rise across the country. The national average is $3.748, up 15 cents over last week and 45 cents this month. The state with the lowest average price is Wyoming at $3.189. Hawaii drivers are paying the highest average, $4.282 per gallon.

High oil prices, regional refinery issues, speculation and the approaching switchover to summer-blend gasoline have played a role in the rising gasoline costs. AAA reminds drivers to use every tool available to save on gas purchases.

This week’s average prices show the West Virginia average is $3.856 and the average price during the week of Feb. 12, 2013 is $3.692 compared to $3.649 for the same week in 2012.

Tuesday’s national average price was $3.748.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 82 local offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky servicing 2.7 million members.

West Virginia Gasoline prices:

Parkersburg – $3.892

Huntington – $3.891

Clarksburg – $3.886

Bridgeport – $3.883

Morgantown – $3.848

Weirton – $3.827

Wheeling – $3.825

Martinsburg – $3.794