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Colorado gas prices some of the lowest in the country PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   

Oil and gas prices have been fueling political debates lately and have been a topic on the streets—not so much in Holyoke and the rest of Colorado, however.

Sure, gas prices have risen over the past few weeks, but Colorado is a state that should be thankful for where prices are—things could be worse.

The state average in Colorado Tuesday morning, March 6, for a gallon of gas was $3.23. Colorado currently is ranked as having the second to lowest gas prices in the United States. Wyoming has the cheapest with $3.20 per gallon.

In fact, three Colorado cities fill the top three spots for having the cheapest gas in the U.S. Fort Collins leads with an average of $3.21, Denver $3.217 and Colorado Springs $3.219.

Hawaii is paying the most for a gallon of gas with an average of $4.36. California is next on the list with $4.34 per gallon. Rounding out the top five states are Alaska at $4.08 and Connecticut and New York at $3.98 per gallon.

Santa Barbara, Calif. is the city paying the most per gallon at $4.60. Actually, California cities occupy 14 of the top 15 spots—all of which are paying over $4.25 for a gallon of gasoline.

Gas prices have been a hot topic for years. Holyoke prices have risen some in the past few weeks
but motorists can breathe easy knowing they aren’t paying above $4/gallon like those in Hawaii, California and Alaska.

—Enterprise photos

In Holyoke, prices are slightly higher than the Colorado state average of $3.23. Tuesday morning, March 6, Kwik Stop and Scholl Oil in Holyoke had the cheapest prices for a gallon of unleaded plus at $3.29. Scholl’s E85 gasoline was at $2.89 per gallon.

Regular unleaded prices in Holyoke were $3.34 at Scholl Oil, $3.37 at Ampride and $3.39 at Kwik Stop.

According to a story from Fox 31 Denver, local experts say the reason gas prices remain low is because Colorado gets most of the 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.

Holyoke Enterprise March 8, 2012