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Gas Prices Soar: High Fuel Prices Due To Arizona Pipeline Failure

August 20, 2003

Officials said a broken gasoline pipeline in Arizona could be up and running by the weekend.

That's good news for California where gas prices have risen an average of 22 cents a gallon since the pipeline ruptured July 30 and suppliers diverted fuel from Los Angeles to Phoenix.

California Energy Commission deputy director Scott Matthews said prices are likely to remain higher until the pipeline is fixed, even though the state still has most of its supplies.

The average price for gas was $1.92 per gallon Wednesday, but prices soared much higher in places.

To conserve gas, Matthews suggested drivers inflate tires to the proper pressure, regularly change oil and air filters, drive at the speed limit and eliminate unnecessary trips.

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