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Tuesday
Feb142017

Montana gas prices creeping up 

Montana's gas prices are starting to move upward again, after a winter that has seen most pump prices remain stable. 

The gas tracker site GasBuddy.com. says the average retail price for regular gas in Montana jumped 0.3 cents this past week, to an average of $2.31 a gallon. That compares with the national average that has increased 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.27 a gallon.

Including the change in gas prices in Montana during the past week, prices Sunday were 60.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on February 13 in Montana have ranged widely over the last five years setting at $1.71 a gallon in 2016, $1.95 a gallon in 2015, $3.03 a gallon in 2014, and $3.12 a gallon 2013 and $3.04 a gallon in 2012.

"The era of falling gasoline prices will likely be coming to an end soon at a gas station near you,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. "Not to say declines are completely done, but over the next few weeks we'll likely see more times when stations are raising their prices then dropping them, thanks to gasoline demand that will soon begin recovering and crude oil imports that will soon reflect OPEC's lower output

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