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The national average price of diesel increased for the first time in six weeks, inching up eight-tenths of a cent to $2.395 a gallon, according to weekly data released by the Energy Information Administration on Oct. 13.

Still, the price of trucking’s main fuel is 65.6 cents a gallon less than it was a year ago.

The average price of gasoline went in the other direction, falling half of a penny to $2.167 a gallon nationally. 

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

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The biggest gain was in the Midwest, where the price rose by 1.6 cents to $2.275 a gallon. Diesel there costs 69.2 cents less per gallon than at this time in 2019.

The Central Atlantic was the only area where diesel did not increase or remain flat; it fell by six-tenths of a cent to $2.649 a gallon. Diesel in that region is 57.8 cents per gallon less than a year ago.

In the East Coast region, diesel remained flat week-over-week at $2.473 a gallon. Diesel there costs 57.1 cents less than it did in the 2019 period.

The most expensive diesel in the country is in California, where it rose six-tenths of a cent to $3.258 a gallon. Diesel in the Golden State is 72.4 cents less per gallon than its 2019 level. The least expensive fuel remains in the Gulf Coast region, home to much of the nation’s oil and gasoline production as well as refining capacity.

There, the price of diesel increased by seven-tenths of a cent to $2.148 per gallon. Diesel is 65.7 cents less expensive than year-ago levels.

Oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico is slowly returning to normal after Hurricane Delta came ashore Oct. 9.

Two days later, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported 91% of offshore crude oil production remained shut in the U.S.-regulated northern part of the Gulf.

Additionally, 62.2% of natural gas output remains shut in the region after the storm.

Typically, it often takes several days after a storm passes for energy producers to evaluate facilities for damage, return workers and restore offshore production. The companies that operate oil and gas pipelines and process the offshore output also shut ahead of the storm.

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