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Gas prices go up in NJ, around nation amid pipeline shutdown

May 15, 2021 GMT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Prices at the pump increased in New Jersey and around the nation for another week, but analysts say drivers in the Garden State escaped the severe disruptions seen in southern states following the Colonial Pipeline shutdown.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.06, up six cents from a week ago. Drivers were paying an average of $2 a gallon a year ago at this time.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.03, up eight cents from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $1.86 a gallon a year ago at this time.

Analysts say crude prices see-sawed during the week amid fears of an extended shutdown and oil prices also came under pressure from surging coronavirus cases in India and fears about a highly transmissible variant first detected there may spread to other countries.