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FRAMINGHAM –  Massachusetts’s average gas price is down 6 cents from last week ($4.24), averaging $4.18 per gallon, according to AAA Northeast, which has an office in Framingham.

Today’s price is 32 cents higher than a month ago ($3.86), and $1.44 higher than April 4, 2021 ($2.74). Massachusetts’s average gas price is the same as the national average.

President Biden’s decision to release one million barrels of oil per day for six months (180 million barrels) from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) helped send the global oil price tumbling to near $100 bbl. The release is intended to stem rising energy prices.

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The national average for a gallon of gas has fallen to $4.18.

“The upward push on oil prices caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine is meeting stronger downward pressure from the planned SPR oil release and increased COVID fears in China,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public/Government Affairs, in a press release. “And lower global oil prices are reflected in falling pump prices for consumers in the U.S.”

AAA Northeast’s April 4 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 6 cents lower than last week ($4.24), averaging $4.18 a gallon.

Today’s national average price is 35 cents higher a month ago ($3.83), and $1.31 higher than this day last year ($2.87).

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RegionCurrent Price*One Week AgoOne Month AgoOne Year Ago
Rhode Island$4.13$4.20$3.85$2.77

*Prices as of April 4, 2022


AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 70 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 6 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.