Statewide average gas prices up

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Nationally, the price for a gallon of gas was higher than Florida and Georgia coming in at $2.44 per gallon on average across the country. Oil prices rose after an explosion on a pipeline in Libya, which feeds one of the country's export terminals.

Auto club AAA announced the new lower prices in a press release Tuesday. In another supply constraint, a major pipeline in the North Sea requires repairs. Gas prices have decreased 7.3 cents from last month's average and have decreased by 17.5 cents from last year's average.

GasBuddy blamed the increase on refinery outages in the Midwest, but said easing demand as the weather gets colder and Americans drive less could lower gas prices in the near future. "However, motorists should prepare for the seasonal 30-70 cent surge in the spring, as refineries conduct maintenance".

Rising oil prices are pushing pump prices higher. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.29), Jacksonville ($2.30), and Orlando ($2.31).

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Lowest price in the state Monday was $1.83 per gallon in Katy.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said that although gas prices are high now, they are expected to change by the New Year.

A year ago at this time, the average price in the area was $2.08 cents a gallon.

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