June 30, 2016

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Gas prices slip a penny to average $3.54 per gallon

COLUMBUS — Ohio gas prices are staying around their highest levels in 2 ½ years amid the continuing turmoil in Libya.

The latest survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express puts the state’s average price for regular-grade gas at about $3.54 a gallon, down a penny from last Monday.

Prices at Ohio pumps are 14 percent higher than they were a month ago, before the uprising in Libya began. Regular was averaging $3.11 last month at this time. One year ago, the state’s motorists were paying $2.78 per gallon, on average.

In the city of Medina, the most reasonable price for a gallon of regular-unleaded fuel was listed at $3.53 this morning at the Clark station along North Court and South Union streets, according to OhioGasPrices.com.

The website lists a GetGo station in north Columbus as having the cheapest gas statewide at $3.22 per gallon, while the most expensive is $3.77 at a Marathon in London, Ohio.

Oil prices have surged in the past month as uprisings swept through North Africa and the Middle East. The region is home to OPEC heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran, and it produces 27 percent of the world’s oil.

The Gazette contributed information to this report.