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The national average price of diesel decreased seven-tenths of a cent, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly data released Oct. 19. The decline is the sixth in the past seven weeks.

Trucking’s main fuel now costs $2.388 a gallon, 66.2 cents less than a year ago.

Gasoline, meanwhile, dropped that much and a penny more, falling to an even $2.15 a gallon, 48.8 cents cheaper than a year ago on the national average.

Diesel decreased in eight of the 10 regions in EIA’s survey.

The biggest slide was in California, where it dropped 1.9 cents to $3.239. Diesel there costs 74.1 cents less than it did at this time in 2019. Still, California has the most expensive diesel in the nation.

The least expensive diesel is in the Gulf Coast region, where it dipped by a half cent to $2.143. It costs 65.9 cents per gallon less there than it did a year ago.

The Gulf Coast is home to much of the nation’s oil and gasoline production as well as refining capacity, and much of that activity is beginning to return after a series of hurricanes and tropical storms. Louisiana was hit particularly hard.

On Oct. 17, the government’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said 24% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut down because of the severe weather. That’s an improvement from Oct. 14, when 31% of production was idled.

Between Oct. 6-15, a cumulative total of 11.9 million barrels of crude oil production and 11.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas output from the Gulf were shut because of Hurricane Delta, which made landfall in southwest Louisiana on Oct. 9.

Diesel increased in the Central Atlantic, where the price inched up three-tenths of a cent to $2.652 a gallon. The fuel is 58.3 cents a gallon less expensive there than at this time in 2019.

The price also increased in the West Coast Region, not including California. There, the price rose four-tenths of a cent to $2.542 a gallon. Diesel is 74.8 cents less expensive there than it was a year ago.

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