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Gas could reach $4.60 in 2013

Projected 2013 price peaks:

• Atlanta — $3.80 to $4.10

• Boston — $3.85 to $4.15

• Charlotte, N.C. — $3.75 to $4.05

• Chicago — $4.35 to $4.60

• Columbus, Ohio — $3.95 to $4.25

• Dallas — $3.80 to $4.05

• Denver — $3.80 to $4.05

• Detroit — $3.95 to $4.25

• Houston — $3.85 to $4.15

• Indianapolis — $4.00 to $4.35

• Jacksonville, Fla. — $3.85 to $4.15

• Los Angeles — $4.35 to $4.65

• Memphis, Tenn. — $3.75 to $4.00

• Miami — $3.95 to $4.30

• Minneapolis — $3.85 to $4.20

• New York City — $4.10 to $4.40

• Philadelphia — $3.90 to $4.20

• Phoenix — $3.90 to $4.25

• San Francisco — $4.25 to $4.60

• Seattle — $4.10 to $4.50

• St. Louis — $3.85 to $4.10

Source: GasBuddy.com

The average gas price in San Bernardino County could peak above $4.60 this year, according to a GasBuddy.com projection.

The gas price tracking website released its peak price-ranges forecast for 21 select U.S. cities Tuesday. Los Angeles is projected to reach between $4.35 and $4.60, and San Bernardino County is expected to get slightly higher, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

County gas prices are likely to peak around April or May because of the switch-over to cleaner summer gasoline, DeHaan said. Other factors that could push gas prices up include refinery issues and maintenance, he said.

“The saying goes that all you can be sure of in life is death and taxes,” DeHaan said in a statement. “I’d add the seasonal run-up in prices every spring as something I’m sure of in life.”

The national average could reach $4.05 in April, GasBuddy.com projected.

“Even with increasing energy production in the U.S., declining fuel consumption and improving fuel efficiency, Americans may still face rising gasoline prices in 2013,” GasBuddy.com analyst Gregg Laskoski said in a statement. “And that appears to be closely tied to the nation’s $16 trillion debt.” In 2012, county gas prices shot up above $4.30 when a fire broke out in February at the BP refinery in Cherry Point, Wash. Then the county ave rage reached its highest-ever recorded price at $4.67 in October because of refinery outages in California.

Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or TShimura@VVDailyPress.com. Follow Tomoya on Facebook at facebook.com/ShimuraTomoya.

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