Gas prices rise, but Colorado still has lowest prices in U.S.

Gas prices rise in Colorado
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DENVER — Paying more than $3 a gallon for gas may seem like a lot, but Colorado and Wyoming have the cheapest has in the country right now.

Monday the Wyoming average was $3.21 a gallon.  In Colorado it was $3.23.  That’s compared to $4.34 a gallon in California, and $4.38 in Hawaii.

Local experts say the reason our gas prices remain low is because we get most of our supplies from refineries in Canada, through a landlocked pipeline that most other states can’t access.

“So the crude that’s coming into those refineries is lower priced, and the refineries have capacity, and because of those two things we have lower prices,” said Wave Dreher with AAA Colorado.

Dreher says gas prices usually peak in summer, but not this year.  She expects Colorado prices to peak at around $3.50 sometime in April,  while other states may hit $5 a gallon.

That’s a big difference.  “The good news is if people are planning driving trips for spring break, as long as you are staying in Colorado, the prices will be down,” Dreher says.

Of course $3.23 a gallon is still enough to hit us in the wallets.  “It’s too much.  It’s going to hurt me,” said one Denver cab driver.  Still, Colorado is better off than most of the country.

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