- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An industry expert expects the peak price of gasoline in North Dakota this year to be slightly less than the national average - the first time in six years.

AAA North Dakota spokesman Gene LaDoucer cites the state’s crude oil supply as a reason.

AAA is predicting the national average will reach a high of $3.55 to $3.75 a gallon this year. North Dakota’s average typically is 5 cents above the national average, and the last time it was below the national average was in 2008, LaDoucer told The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1ixmvEY ).

“We’re starting off below (the national average) currently and hope to maintain that throughout the year,” hesaid.

The average price statewide last year was $3.54 per gallon, making it the least expensive year to fill up in the state since 2010- but still the third-most expensive year on record. Prices peaked at a state record high of $4.24 a gallon last May, much higher than the national peak of $3.79

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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