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Average retail gasoline prices in Buffalo have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week -- and they are expected to rise higher even before the heavy summer driving season.

For the first time in more than two years, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline this week is higher than it was a year ago. According to a survey by GasBuddy, a company that compiles data on gas prices, national prices are up a penny from last year at this time.

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Buffalo-area gas prices continue to fall, aided by the lowest cost for crude oil in 12 years. The average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.13 per gallon on Sunday.


Gasoline prices in many parts of the country could fall below $2 per gallon for the first time in more than six years, according to industry experts.

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Motorists in the U.S. planning to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend will save a total of $1.4 billion at the pump.

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Western New York motorists continue to pay more at the pump. 

Gas prices have risen to an average $4.07 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, up 7.6 cents in the past week. 

The cost of gasoline is 28 cents higher than one year ago and 24 cents higher than just one month ago. senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says as we push deeper into September, he is optimistic that the high prices will begin to come down slightly. 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says as long as America remains dependent on foreign oil, prices will be high.