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Gas prices going higher

May 16, 2018 News Extra

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Jackie Hartzell of Cabot pumps gas Wednesday at Citgo in Buffalo Twp.

Of the eight Butler Counties in the United States, the one locals call home has the highest gas prices by a significant margin.

Enter the county that produced the Jeep and “Night of the Living Dead”, where motorists dig much deeper for a gallon of fuel.

Jim Garrity, AAA regional spokesman, said on Wednesday that while the price of a barrel of oil is up $21 over last year, from $50 to the current $71, Pennsylvania's gas tax — the highest in the nation — is to blame for the larger numbers on gas station signs from Erie to Philadelphia.

Garrity said the state gas tax adds 58 cents to the cost of each gallon of gas, and the federal tax 18 cents.

While residents pay about $3.09 per gallon, the national average is $2.89.

One year ago, local gas stations asked just $2.64 per gallon.

“As we get into the summer driving season, prices could go up a little more and it's good to plan for that so you're not blind-sided,” Garrity said.

Read the full story and what seven other Butler Counties across the nation are charging in Thursday's Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.