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AAA: NE gas prices up 23 cents since Harvey hit

Posted at 5:04 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 18:10:35-04

Drivers across the state are seeing higher gas prices as a result of Harvey. A new cluster of hurricanes could push that price higher.

Gas prices hit a high for the year on Labor Day as the effects of Harvey continued to shut in refineries.

Hurricane Irma, and others forming in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, are affecting oil shipments, straining supply. Prices could continue to trend upwards across the country.

As of Monday the nationwide average for a gallon of gas averaged $2.638, according to the AAA. That's up from $2.45 on Thursday.

Exxon Mobil said Sunday it's making progress on restarting its Baytown refinery and chemical plant, which was spared significant damage from Harvey. The company's Beaumont refinery is flooded and remained shut.

And Colonial Pipeline, which operates a key pipeline that runs from Houston to New York, said Sunday it may restart the transportation of distillates between Houston and Hebert, Texas, on Monday and of gasoline Tuesday.