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Gas Prices Fall By 3.4 Cents In State

Average gasoline prices in Montana have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.21/g on Monday, March 20, according to Gas-Buddy’s survey of 615 stations in Montana. Prices in Montana are 5.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 78.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 5.6 cents in the last week and stands at $4.25 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Montana was priced at $3.04/g on Sunday, March 19, while the most expensive was $3.59/g, a difference of 55.0 cents per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.40/g today. The national average is up 4.3 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 82.9 cents per gallon lower 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 ten years: March 20, 2022: $3.99/g (U.S. Average: $4.23/g) March 20, 2021: $2.69/g (U.S. Average: $2.88/g) March 20, 2020: $2.26/g (U.S. Average: $2.11/g) March 20, 2019: $2.43/g (U.S. Average: $2.60/g) March 20, 2018: $2.57/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g) March 20, 2017: $2.34/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g) March 20, 2016: $1.90/g (U.S. Average: $1.98/g) March 20, 2015: $2.24/g (U.S. Average: $2.43/g) March 20, 2014: $3.24/g (U.S. Average: $3.53/g) March 20, 2013: $3.36/g (U.S. Average: $3.70/g) Neighboring areas and their current gas prices: Idaho- $3.59/g, down 6.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.65/g.

Billings- $3.19/g, unchanged from last week’s $3.19/g.

Wyoming- $3.32/g, down 6.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.39/g.

“The broad concern over recent failures of the U.S. and global banking system has put enough downward pressure on oil prices that we saw a reprieve in rising gasoline prices in the national average last week. But, it may be temporary in nature, and is unlikely to be a long lasting trend,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “While California and areas of the West Coast saw some moderation in price, supply challenges amidst the transition to summer gasoline have led to sharp price increases in Arizona, and other markets saw varying impacts at the gas pump over the last week. Should the outlook for the banking sector improve, we could again see gasoline prices race higher, while continued or additional distress could raise the possibility of a broader economic slowdown, keeping gasoline prices in check. Overall, there are a lot of possibilities.”

GasBuddy is the authoritative voice for gas prices and the only source for station- level data. GasBuddy’s survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible at http://prices.

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