South Carolina was among the largest weekly gas price increases nationwide in the aftermath of a spill along the Colonial Pipeline, according to a driving organization that tracks the numbers.
AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright said Tuesday that the pipeline’s closure caused South Carolina’s average gas prices to increase 7 cents per gallon in South Carolina over the past week. It currently sits at $2.10 per gallon, flattening after gradually rising much of last week.
“They’re stable,” Wright told South Carolina Radio Network. “Right now, South Carolina is down a penny (from the weekend). That’s always good news when we’re talking about seeing that statewide average go down.”
Now that the pipeline is reopen, she says it may take another week for the supply line to recover back to normal and prices to drop.
Alabama (+8 cents) was the only Southeastern state to top South Carolina’s 7-cent increase, the organization stated. North Carolina saw an increase of 5 cents on average, while Georgia reported an increase of 3 cents. However, Georgia’s taxes and geography led to one of the country’s highest overall average prices at $2.35.