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Gas Prices Drop 10 Cents

Average gasoline prices in Montana have fallen 10 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.10/g on Monday, Aug. 29, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 615 stations in Montana. Prices in Montana are 36.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 78.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has risen 7.3 cents in the last week and stands at $5.04 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Montana was priced at $3.79/g on Sunday, Aug. 28, while the most expensive was $4.59/g, a difference of 80.0 cents per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 5.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.81/g on Monday. The national average is down 39.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 69.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to Gas-Buddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Historical gasoline prices in Montana and the national average going back for 10 years: Aug. 29, 2021: $3.31/g (U.S. Average: $3.12/g) Aug. 29, 2020: $2.26/g (U.S. Average: $2.23/g) Aug. 29, 2019: $2.73/g (U.S. Average: $2.57/g) Aug. 29, 2018: $2.94/g (U.S. Average: $2.83/g) Aug. 29, 2017: $2.46/g (U.S. Average: $2.40/g) Aug. 29, 2016: $2.30/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g) Aug. 29, 2015: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.49/g) Aug. 29, 2014: $3.58/g (U.S. Average: $3.43/g) Aug. 29, 2013: $3.67/g (U.S. Average: $3.56/g) Aug. 29, 2012: $3.64/g (U.S. Average: $3.81/g) Neighboring areas and their current gas prices: Idaho- $4.57/g, down 5.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.62/g.

Billings- $4.09/g, down 9.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.19/g.

Wyoming- $3.94/g, down 3.2 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.98/g.

“The national average has declined for another week, extending the slide for the 11th straight week. Gas prices are now $1.20 per gallon lower than mid-June with Americans spending $450 million less on gasoline every day as a result,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Some issues have developed that we’re keeping a close eye on, including the shut down of the largest refinery in the Midwest. While that refinery may get back online sooner rather than later, it’s not impossible that down the road the situation could impact prices in the region. For the rest of the country, however, we’ll continue to see prices moderate. This is of course subject to hurricane season, and it does appear that the tropics are starting to see some activity, so there’s no guarantee the decline will continue.”

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