California's gasoline prices may have peaked after the refinery fire at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond facility, but they still rose enough over the last week to reach their highest level ever for the third week of August, the Energy Department said Monday.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California was $4.129, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of gas stations. That was up 3.3 cents from a week earlier — and 26.1 cents higher than on Aug. 6, just before the refinery fire knocked out parts of the state's third-biggest fuel-producing plant.
The price for the third week of August broke a state record set in 2008, when the California average was $4.037 a gallon.
A separate, daily survey sponsored by AAA found that California's average had stabilized, slipping one-tenth of a cent from Sunday's average to $4.118 a gallon.