Long Islanders see surge in gas prices ahead of holiday weekend

AAA says the U.S. hasn't seen prices this high since Memorial Day Weekend in 2014.

News 12 Staff

May 26, 2021, 9:23 PM

Updated 1,058 days ago

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Drivers are being hit with the highest gas prices in seven years ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.
The Shell Gas Station on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park has a gallon of regular gas for $2.99 - which is slightly below the average you will pay on Long Island.
AAA says the U.S. hasn't seen prices this high since Memorial Day Weekend in 2014.
Right now, the average for a gallon of regular on Long Island is $3.06. It was $2.10 last year around the height of the pandemic.
"As more people are going out, they are having confidence in traveling, the gasoline goes up. It's the old laws of high school economics - demand goes up, price goes up, that is certainly part of it," said Robert Sinclair, AAA.
Sinclair says the rise in prices was also accelerated by the fact that the Colonial Pipeline went down, which caused shortages in other parts of the country.
AAA says gas prices will most likely peak in late June or July.


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