Connecticut now ranks 15th in US for highest gas prices

Connecticut is ranked 15th in the U.S. for highest gas prices, and prices could see an even sharper increase this winter because of surging crude oil prices and tighter supplies nationally, AAA Northeast says.
Today's statewide average for a gallon of self-service regular is $3.42, 11 cents higher than last week and $1.25 higher than last year, according to AAA.
The last time Connecticut saw a gas price average of $3.42 was in October 2014.
"Compared to a year ago, it’s costing drivers about $17 more to fill up their vehicles," says Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Unfortunately, however, it doesn't look like drivers will find relief at the pump any time soon."
Crude oil prices, which account for more than half of the price of each gallon of gas, are now above the $80 a barrel mark.
Currently, Texas registers the lowest price in the nation at $2.924, followed by Missouri and Oklahoma, both at $2.97.
California and Hawaii continue to hold the highest prices in the nation at $4.50 and $4.19, respectively.