JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville’s gas prices dropped about ten cents in January, and while WOKV’s oil expert says we’re due for an increase in February, the country overall is in good shape.
On Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.26, down two cents from the last week and about ten cents over the last month.
“I wouldn’t say it’s typical,” says WOKV oil expert Gregg Laskoski with GasBuddy.com.
Laskoski says historically, prices begin to gradually rise in January, which then accelerates through April. It’s also near the time when refineries begin the transition to summer blend gasoline, which includes a thorough maintenance process.
“I still think that the middle of February is when we’ll see a fairly consistent climb,” he says.
Laskoski says the average gas price for the entire nation in 2013 was $3.49. He and his team are expecting that to drop to $3.39 in 2014, and part of the reason is the “tremendous” amount of crude oil he says is being producing in the United States.
“And a lot of this crude oil is getting into parts of the country that really never had access to it,” he says.
As for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, he and the others at GasBuddy.com believe it can be a “tremendous asset” to the United States for a lot of reasons.
“It’s not just the jobs,” Laskoski says.
“It’s because of the tremendous flexibility it creates by getting more Canadian crude coming into the center of the country.”
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