Release of 'winter-blend' gas could reduce prices

Release of 'winter-blend' gas could reduce prices

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Gasoline prices higher than $5 per gallon are posted at a Menlo Park, Calif., Chevron station on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. The average price of regular gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a gallon, the highest in the nation, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge report. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) (Noah Berger)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- State air pollution regulators say they do not expect California's air quality to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help slash record-high pump prices. 

The California Air Resources Board on Monday said the last time the state made an early shift to so-called "winter-blend" gasoline was in 2005, in response to supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular hit $4.668 Monday in California -- the highest price in the nation. 

Officials said it could take days before prices fall, depending on how quickly refineries can get the winter-blend fuel to market.  

California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31. The fuel evaporates in heat more quickly than summer-blends.  

A fuel's evaporation rate indicates how much raw fuel enters the environment, especially in warm weather.
 

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