Gas Prices Hit All-time High Across Reliably Dem Caliphornia
(KTLA) -- Gas prices seem to be climbing by the second, setting unwanted records, angering drivers and even causing closures at some pumps.
Gas prices shot up 13 cents in some areas overnight Saturday. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in L.A. County was $4.66, up from $4.58 on Friday.
In Orange County, the average is up 20 cents to $4.65, while in the Inland Empire, it's up to $4.62. The average for the state of California hit $4.61, matching the record highest price set in June 2008.
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The price increases could continue for weeks and the average might even break the $5 mark, according to experts.
Refinery and pipeline mishaps, along with the state's strict pollution limits are all, in part, to blame. They've sent wholesale prices soaring to all-time highs this week.
One of the disruptions involved a power outage on Monday at the Exxon Mobil plant in Torrance, which normally produces 150 millions barrels of gas per day.
Additionally, Chevron's Richmond plant, the largest refinery in Northern California, has been running at reduced capacity since a fire Aug. 6.
At the same time, California refineries have dropped production in recent weeks in anticipation of switching over to a "winter blend" of gasoline, which emits more pollutants, next month.
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