Mass. gas prices reach record high

A gas pump in Massachusetts. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A gas pump in Massachusetts. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

People in Massachusetts are paying more than they've ever paid before for gasoline.

According to AAA, the average price of gas in the state is $4.16 a gallon.

That's up 54 cents in the past week — and it's about one-and-a-half times more than this time last year.

The highest average prices are on Nantucket, at $4.96.

In Boston, prices are averaging $4.23.

The state averages are part of a greater national trend. The national average is currently $4.06, just 5 cents below the national record set in 2008, according to AAA.

This comes as the war in Ukraine drives up prices for crude oil. Russian oil usually accounts for about 10% of  the U.S.'s gas imports.

With reporting from WBUR News' Fausto Menard



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