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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania PENN STATE GAMEDAY: COMMENTARY FROM NEIL RUDEL, BEANO COOK FREE INSIDE Bop-it-jfourself costume wsgtmi W3 Getting herkicks kicker makes Ultmir Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2001 500 newsstand Gas prices dropping across area BY LINDA HUDK.INS For the Mirror In this season of bad news, gaso- line prices may be the brightest spot on the horizon. "We are said Jan Mai-tin, general manager of Martin Oil Co., which operates Martin General Stores. "We thought lei- sure that with all the turmoil nationally, the prices would go up." The pump price for regular unleaded at the store at Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street rang up" at per. gallon Thursday, keeping pace with most competi- tive stations in the Altoona area. The prices oh gasoline station billboards across the region have continued to drop in recent weeks. Prices'should continue downward through the end of the year, according to the Energy Information Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. Martin said prices could remain soft. "Demand is just for gasoline, but for other products. Jet fuel, for example, is not being consumed like it she said. The demand for gasoline always drops when summer and the accompanying travel season give way to winter's stay-at-home time, Martin said. When demand drops, prices follow, she said. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Somerset County resulted in a reduction in the number of flights by airlines, and that resulted in a 20 percent drop in demand. Mai-tin and the Energy Information Administration said the cut in pro- duction of jet fuel means more crude oil will he refined into gaso- line. At the beginning of this week, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was per gallon, down 4.3 cents from the previous week and down .23 cents from a year ago. Please see A4 Mirror photo by Gary M. Daranec Bill Chestney of Juniata fills his car's gas tank at the BP sta- tion Thursday. Gas prices dipped to per gallon on Plank Road and could drop to per gallon. More anthrax cases verified MORE WAR ON TERRORISM COVERAGE A10.A1 2, B6.C1.C2
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