Gas Prices Jump In Wake Of Hurricane Isaac

August 31, 2012

Gas prices jumped again Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, meaning drivers will be faced with the idea of costly fill-ups as they take a final summer spin for Labor Day weekend.

According to AAA, gas prices jumped a couple of cents per gallon to a national seasonal record of $3.82. That gallon of gas was also up a nickel on Wednesday as Isaac pounded the Gulf Coast. AAA predicts the price will rise through the weekend before moderating or falling as oil companies restart their operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida’s average price per gallon for regular unleaded was $3.78 Thursday, while the Pensacola area was at an average of $3.67, up from $3.57 one year ago.

Pictured top: A gallon of regular unleaded was was $3.64 Thursday afternoon in Molino, just below the Pensacola metro average of $3.67. photo, click to enlarge.


9 Responses to “Gas Prices Jump In Wake Of Hurricane Isaac”

  1. Jim on September 1st, 2012 10:17 pm

    I be glad when we can get a President who will put forth a genuine energy policy for this country. Going green is something the market needs to develop, NOT the government.

  2. dick tracy on August 31st, 2012 10:00 pm

    We the people allow this to happen.

  3. eeyore on August 31st, 2012 12:29 pm

    ive always questioned how prices can go up immediately right before, during, and after a natural disaster or major holiday but then take months before prices go down…ask the oil companies why the prices immediately shoot up during these times and why it takes so long for the prices to go back down? and then ask them why two different set of standards? the companies claim that prices were claimed long ago when they bought the oil at the price of purchase that day. so why does that logic not apply when it is the other way around? the whole industry stinks of gouging and taking advantage of the situation…guess this is why the energy companies have pumped money into the “party” that represents corporations and big businesses…the one who push for “less” regulations so the companies can “generate” jobs…check your money facts…and you’ll see where the political money is going to…and who benefits…and ask them why they allow the companies to gouge…

  4. robert whitton on August 31st, 2012 10:35 am

    I find it amazing that the states want to nail a retailer for gas gouging when the big oil companies are the ones doing it.every time anything happens anywhere in the world gas goes up. these companies are getting away with pure murder. the politicians are greased very well to keep their mouth shut.why doesnt the governors ,senators, congressmen etc, including congress supreme court and the president have their hides when they start putting it to the public at the pumps. i personally owned 8 gas outlets over the years and i have stories to tell.we all know obamas pockets were lined by BP and the other companies during his first election. until the public gets fed up with the program it will continue.its a shame when people cant put gas in the tank and work while sacrificing feeding and clothing their kids.

  5. bill on August 31st, 2012 8:18 am

    They’re selling refined gasoline overseas, starting fires in refineries and claiming natural diasters are impacting the cost of gas. Why doesn’t the fact that we produce more gasoline than we are burning, cause the price to go down? Has anyone ever heard of market manipulation?

  6. Lisa McCann on August 31st, 2012 6:54 am

    Gas prices go up before holidays, summer & any other times, people might have to travel, storms included but still we pay including me.

  7. DOC on August 31st, 2012 6:40 am

    It don’t matter, they would raise it for what ever they want anyway….. if it wasn’t this they would use another excuse…….

  8. SW on August 31st, 2012 6:28 am

    For no apparent reason.

  9. Jane on August 31st, 2012 6:01 am

    Considering the price per barrel of oil has dropped I would say this is just the normal Labor Day price gouging by the gas companies. A lot of people filled up before Isaac appeared in the Gulf so maybe they will drive, but not have to buy gas. A lot of us simply won’t be traveling with gas prices that high. Less money for the local economy.