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Gas prices pass $5 in some Southland areas

February 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Southern California drivers are being hit with some of the most expensive gas prices in the country. In some places, gas prices jumped 5 cents overnight.

Drivers can expect the following average gas prices for a gallon of regular, according to Auto Club of Southern California:

  • L.A./Long Beach at $4.29, up 25 cents from last week.
  • Orange County at $4.29, up 27 cents from last week.
  • Inland Empire at $4.25, up 25 cents from last week.
  • Ventura at $4.29, up 25 cents from last week.

The price of gas has gone up for the 30th day in a row, and with it tempers are rising.

"It's not going up by one penny, two pennies, it's going up 7 cents, 10 cents," said driver Maria Haro. "It's too much."

Experts say the high prices are due to refineries on the coast buying more expensive crude oil from Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, while inland states are getting cheaper gas from Canada and North Dakota.

Prices have also been surging in the West Coast after a BP refinery in Washington shut down after a fire. That refinery was the third largest in the region, with a production capacity of 230,000 barrels a day.