There’s a 22-cent difference between the low and high price in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources latest gas price survey — but when lumped together, the average price rose just a penny over last month. D-N-R energy analyst Jennifer Moehlmann says the average price for a gallon was one dollar and 57 cents. But, there are many cities where it’s cheaper.She says it really depends on the current market conditions in each city. She says there could be some “gas price wars” going on to drive the price lower. She says though a price anywhere from the dollar-56 or higher range is more accurate. Moehlmann says the oil that’s refined into gasoline continues to be a problem. She says the crude oil inventory is still relatively low and that’s what’s keeping gas prices higher. She says OPEC announced a production cut, which made prices go higher. And there are still problems with the oil supply in Iraq. She says the Iraqi factor is one reason gas prices are higher. She says they’re still not exporting at pre-war levels and continue to have sabotage problems on their pipeline. The lowest price in the survey was one-dollar and 46 cents-a- gallon at a station in Marshalltown. The highest price of one-dollar-68-cents was recorded at a metro Des Moines location. The D-N-R report included prices from 128 locations across the state. The Iowa average for a gallon of gas is four cents lower than the national average.
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