Gas prices go up after early week lows

January 3, 2019

By Pat Maurer

Aound Clare and Gladwin Counties, the arrival of the New Year brought lower gas prices, at least for a couple of days.

Prices plummeted again earlier this week with per gallon rates ranging from a low of $1.91 in Beaverton to a high of $2.10 in Clare on Wednesday.

Gas prices were on the rise again by Thursday morning when all of the Clare stations increased again. Photo by J. Maurer

Gas prices were on the rise again by Thursday morning when all of the Clare stations increased again. Photo by J. Maurer

MLive reported last month, “Prices in Michigan continue to drop to the point that the state is home to some of the cheapest gas in the nation as some stations are selling a gallon for as low as $1.75 as of Monday morning, Dec. 3.”

That trend seems to have continued throughout the holidays, although Gas Buddy warned that the prices would soon start climbing again. By Thursday morning they were on the rise again.

Asking the internet why prices are dropping is an exercise in futility, but one local resident commented that it was “because the price of oil has dropped.”

Clare prices Wednesday morning ranged from a low at Marathon of $1.98 to a high at another Marathon station in the same community of $2.10. Surrey Point was at $2.09, and Speedway had climbed from $1.99 in the morning to $2.15 by evening Wednesday. Two other Marathon stations were at $1.98 and $208 in the morning, while Citgo listed a price of $1.99.

Farwell’s Marathon station on Ludington Drive was down to $1.95 while the Citgo station on Surrey Road listed a regular price of $2.05. Prices in between in Farwell were $1.98 at Sunoco.

Harrison prices ranged from $1.97 at Family Fare and Marathon to $2.09 at the Marathon on Mannsiding.

The stations in Rosebush followed the trend with a low of $1.95 at Shell and a high of $1.99 at Marathon.

The lowest area prices for gasoline on Wednesday morning were in Beaverton where the Beacon & Bridge Market listed regular gas at $1.91 and both the Citgo and Marathon stations were at $1.92.

By Wednesday evening, some prices were up to $2.16 in Mt. Pleasant, but Beaverton was still listing a price of $1.92.

AAA reported Wednesday that the average price for gasoline in Michigan was $2.253. They also reported on December 27th, “Nearly 20 percent of states are currently enjoying prices below $2.00 per gallon. Nationally, retail averages have dropped ­­­83 of the past 90 days.”

Michigan was one of nine states with the lowest prices for regular unleaded gasoline.

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