Jan 29, 2013 5:02 PM by MTN News
HELENA - Despite the national average price of gasoline increasing slightly over last week, AAA says Montana's current average price is the third lowest in the nation.
"Today, Montanans are paying just $3.00 per gallon at the pump," said AAA spokeswoman Kaelyn Kelly.
"This is 35 cents lower than the current national average and reflects a downward trend in prices in the state since the latter part of 2012," explained Kelly.
Many states in the Rocky Mountain region are seeing gas prices far below the current national average.
Wyoming motorists are currently seeing the cheapest average price of gas in the country at only $2.84 per gallon.
"Over the last week, average gasoline prices have increased in every state with the exception of Montana," said Kelly.
"This increase has been due in part to higher oil prices from positive economic news with regional refinery issues also playing a contributing role," Kelly said.
Even with the increase, today's national average price is seven cents cheaper than this time in 2012."