August 13, 2015 - 1:38 PM
OKANAGAN - Gas prices are rising throughout Canada and the Okanagan is no exception.
According to GasBuddy, an online tracking system for gas prices, only about a dozen stations remain below 130 cents per litre this afternoon, Aug. 13, in Kelowna while about seven stations sit at 129.9 cents per litre. Many stations have jumped to 136.9 cents per litre.
In Vernon prices at most stations are being reported at 136.9 cents per litre while a handful in the Enderby, Armstrong and Lumby areas are below 130 cents per litre.
In the South Okanagan many stations are in the 136 cents per litre range though a handful in Okanagan Falls, Keremeos and Oliver are reporting prices below 130 cents per litre.
GasBuddy reports a trend in rising gas prices across the country, with the average price in B.C. rising to 127 cents per litre today, up three cents from yesterday, and just below the average price one week ago. The average gas price still remains below the 138.3 cents per litre average price from a year ago.
The average gas price in Canada is 117.4 cents per litre, down significantly from last August, when 131 cents per litre was the average price.
The Southern Interior has some of the highest prices in the country right now.
Meanwhile, the price of crude oil has dropped to about $43 per barrel, down from $53 per barrel a month ago and the $97 per barrel price it held a year ago.
GasBuddy says the price hike has been attributed to a refinery outage in Indiana.
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