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Gas price fell to 77 cents at one Michigan site

Gas price fell to 77 cents at one Michigan site

The nationwide fall of gas prices fell to a back-to-the-60s low at one Michigan station over the holiday weekend — to 77 cents a gallon — according to GasBuddy and area TV stations. Lucky motorists in Houghton Lake, Michigan were able to fuel up with the ultra-low price regular gas at Bacon and Bridge Market. The cost, well below the $1.89-a-gallon national price, appeared to be part of a local gas war.  A Marathon gas station also located in Houghton Lake also sold fuel for 95 cents a gallon on Sunday, GasBuddy reported.635630652594255762-AP-Gas-Prices

Local police directed traffic in the area of U.S. 127 and M-55 because the lines of cars waiting to gas up were so long, WWTV/WWUP-TV 9&10 News reported. The phenomenon didn’t last, however. By Monday, the price of regular at the two Houghton Lake stations was up to $1.46 and $1.47 a gallon, according to GasBuddy, a leading provider of retail fuel pricing information and data that updates fuel prices at nearly 130,000 gas stations in the U.S. and Canada.

A phone operator who answered calls to the Beacon and Bridge Market on Monday said the fuel market director was not available for comment, but acknowledged that many motorists had been pleased with the low price. Nonetheless, U.S.gas prices have trended steadily downward — falling from $3.58 a gallon to $1.89 in GasBuddy’s 18-month nationwide survey — as the international price of crude oil dropped below $30 a barrel. Increased oil supply may send gas prices even lower. Iran’s oil ministers said they intend to boost oil production and ship 500,000 barrels a day following the weekend’s lifting of economic sanctions on the Mideast nation, the Islamic New Agency reported. Iran ultimately plans to ramp up to production of 2 million barrels a day.

Some U.S. states, including several located near major oil refineries, are already welcoming lower price fuel-ups. The average statewide price of gas is $1.65 per gallon in Alabama and Arkansas, just slightly above the $1.67 price in Texas and the $1.56 cost in Oklahoma, according to GasBuddy. But not every part of the U.S. shares super low prices. GasBuddy’s surveys showed the cost of a gallon of regular gas was $2.63 in Hawaii, $2.34 in Alaska and $2.76 in California. State and local fuel taxes also play a role in gas prices. The statewide price of a gallon of regular was $2.09 in New York, GasBuddy reported. But in neighboring New Jersey, where local levies are lower, the price as $1.75.