The government says gasoline will be cheaper this summer than previously expected thanks to a drop in the price of oil. The Energy Department says drivers should pay an average of $3.79 per gallon at the pump from April through September.
We're starting the work week with gas prices at $3.69 a gallon at most St. Cloud metro area gas stations. That's slightly lower than the statewide average of $3.72 a gallon. It's also .20 cents lower than the national average of $3.89 a gallon.
U.S. Senator Al Franken is going after oil speculators, in an effort to bring down gas prices. During an interview with WJON news this (Wednesday) morning, Franken says he's co-authored legislation that would prevent speculators from artificially inflating the price of fuel.
Less expensive crude oil from Canada and North Dakota is easing the pain at the pump for residents of Minnesota and other Midwestern states. The price gap for regular unleaded between Minnesota and California is 75 cents, the biggest between the two states since 2009.
The average price for gas in Minnesota went up 5 1/2 cents in the past week. The statewide average is now $3.54 a gallon. That compares to the national average of $3.64 a gallon. Here in the St. Cloud area we're paying $3.59.