Updated September 4 at 4:04pm

Gas prices drop in R.I., Mass. as Iraq concerns ease

As concerns about the impact of unrest in Iraq on the country’s oil production have abated, gas prices dropped another 4 cents this week in Rhode Island and fell 5 cents in Massachusetts, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.

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Gas prices drop in R.I., Mass. as Iraq concerns ease

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PROVIDENCE – As concerns about the impact of unrest in Iraq on the country’s oil production have abated, gas prices dropped another 4 cents this week in Rhode Island and fell 5 cents in Massachusetts, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.

A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas in Rhode Island averaged $3.69 in the July 21 survey, 4 cents lower than the price a week ago. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular was 5 cents lower at $3.63 per gallon.

In Rhode Island, the average price this week was 5 cents lower than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, prices were 6 cents higher than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.80 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.71 per gallon in Massachusetts.

Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.44 to $3.88 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.88 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.99 for premium unleaded and $3.97 for diesel.

Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.46 to $3.90 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.80 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.92 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $3.95 per gallon.

The national average price for a gallon of unleaded regular dropped 4 cents this week to $3.57, 12 cents lower than the Rhode Island average and 6 cents lower than Massachusetts’ average.

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