Business & Economy

Orange County sees gas prices drop under $4

Prices at the pump had risen drastically in Southern California after a refinery explosion, but they've been trending down.
Prices at the pump had risen drastically in Southern California after a refinery explosion, but they've been trending down.
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Motorists in Orange County can now fill their cars with a gallon of gas for under $4, as gas prices continue to tumble all over SoCal.

Marie Montgomery, spokesperson for the Automobile Club of Southern California said rates are lower because refineries have worked out supply issues. Gas prices spiked in July.

"Wholesale prices right now are very low. They are on par with those in Northern California," she said. Prices in Northern California are about 50 cents less than in the southern part of the state, Montgomery said. She added that high prices in Southern California are due in part to the ExxonMobile explosion at the Torrance refinery. Northern and Central California weren't as affected by the outage.  

"By far we have the highest prices in the U.S. right now, the only ones over $4 a gallon right now are in Los Angeles," Montgomery told KPCC.

The average price for gas in Los Angeles is only a couple of cents more expensive than in Orange County, said Montgomery. Prices in some L.A. and Long Beach gas stations have dipped under $4, but the average price is higher. 

Riverside and San Bernardino have gas prices around $3.97 a gallon.

"Everything is very unpredictable when it comes to gas prices, but we would hope that we'd see continued declines as we get towards labor day," Montgomery said.