Utah drivers are paying the 7th highest price for gasoline in the nation

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) File photo of drivers lining up for gas at Costco at 1800 S. 300 West in Salt Lake City. Utahns are now paying the seventh highest price for gasoline in the nation, according to AAA.

Gasoline prices have continued to rise in Utah since Memorial Day, while they have stabilized since then nationally. As a result, Utahns are now paying the seventh-highest gasoline prices in the U.S.

That’s according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. It said Utahns were paying $3.19 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Monday, compared with a national average of $2.89 a gallon.

Average prices were $3.17 a gallon in Salt Lake City, $3.15 in Logan, $3.20 in St. George and an expensive $3.39 in Moab.

Michael Blasky, spokesman for AAA Utah, said a high demand for gasoline at the beginning of the busy summer travel season has driven up the prices in Utah.

“The good news is we may be seeing our summer peak for gasoline this month,” he said.

“All eyes will be on the upcoming OPEC summit in Austria, where oil-rich nations may decide to raise their levels of crude oil production. That would pump more oil into the supply chain and ultimately lower the cost of fuel,” Blasky said.