AAA: Utah Gas Prices Hit $2.40

AAA: Utah Gas Prices Hit $2.40

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gas prices in Utah hit a record average of $2.40 per gallon Tuesday for regular, self-service, Utah AAA said. That was up 2 cents from Monday, 10 cents from last month and 50 cents from last year.

"All the culprits -- crude oil barrel prices over $66, refineries stretched to capacity, political unrest, increased demand and summer storms -- are still in place and keeping gas prices in the stratosphere," said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokeswoman.

"These global conditions leave motorists, especially those on fixed incomes, feeling frustrated and angry. Usual pastimes such as Sunday drives and fishing trips are often canceled because the cost of gas," Fairclough said.

The national average price also set a record Tuesday at $2.54 cents per gallon.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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