Harvey not affecting Pittsburgh gasoline prices - for now

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Gene J. Puskar Associated Press

"No doubt, Harvey has impacted operations and access to refineries in the Gulf Coast", said Jeanette Casselano, a AAA spokeswoman.

Analysts said it is unclear whether any Houston area refineries have had serious damage, since operators are not providing much information.

One analyst predicts gasoline prices in Iowa could rise between ten and 25-cents a gallon over the next week or two because of Hurricane Harvey.

"That is a loss of over a million barrels a day of gasoline production and close to half a million barrels per day of diesel", he said. That's about 8 cents more than at the same point previous year.

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McTeague predicted the average pump price will jump from 88 cents a litre to 95.9 cents a litre or even higher at most gas stations in the city.

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Along the Treasure and Space coasts, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Monday was selling for anywhere from $2.29 to $2.34. "Multiple refineries and drilling rigs had to be evacuated ahead of the storm, and the Houston Ship Channel was closed". At 16 cents less than the national average, Kansas gas prices are 12th lowest in the country, said AAA Kansas' Steward.

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey hung over southeast Texas on Tuesday, gas prices crept a little higher across the nation.

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The retail prices of gasoline have not increased any more due to gas stations not wanting to be the "bad" guy who increase prices of gas during this trying time.

Albert said a more noticeable price increase could take place as refineries remain offline and with a holiday weekend approaching. It marks the largest one-week national gas price increase of the summer.

McTeague estimates gas prices to be above a $1.00 a litre by Friday.

"The refinery shutdowns mean some backup of crude-oil supplies", he said.

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