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Wednesday August 31st, 2016 3:58AM

AAA: Gas prices decline despite overseas conflicts

By Staff
TAMPA, Fla. - Gas prices continued to slide last week. Motorists are finding gasoline at or below $3.20 in Southern metro markets like Columbus, Chattanooga, Memphis, Orlando and Tampa. <br /> <br /> "Motorists are reaping the benefits of booming domestic oil production which has provided the cheapest gas prices for August in years," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "The price of oil declined slightly last week, so gas prices could slip even more this week."<br /> <br /> Tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and the situation in Libya also remain front of mind for many, although none of these occurrences have resulted in a disruption to oil supply. Ultimately, despite these geopolitical headlines and because of increased domestic production, oil prices continue to trade near multi-month lows. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) settled at $97.35 per barrel at the close of formal trading Friday, which is 30 cents lower than the week before.<br /> <br /> The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Sunday was $3.45, down two cents from last Sunday. In Georgia, the average dropped a penny to $3.34 a gallon.
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