Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The average retail price drivers are paying at the pumps in the Midlands have fallen 10 cents in the last week.
According to the website ColumbiaGasPrices.com, the average price per gallon consumers saw was $3.12 per gallon, compared to the national average of $3.51 per gallon for last week.
Compared to the same week one year ago, the prices last week were 6.6 cents lower locally, and are 31.8 cents lower per gallon than one month ago.
Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan, said:
"Even with Hurricane Sandy causing havoc on refineries and infrastructure in the Northeast, gasoline prices nationally have continued to trend lower, it goes to show how much more significant the Gulf Coast is to this nation's energy backbone when such a massive storm causes no major rise in the national average. The good news is that average prices will likely continue to decline, perhaps to $3.35/gal nationally by Thanksgiving. For those in Sandy's wake, fuel availability remains difficult, and is the reason GasBuddy has implemented an emergency fuel availability service," DeHaan said.