Gas up another 15 cents


The CNMI saw another increase in fuel prices, with local oil companies raising their prices by another 15 cents last Friday and Saturday.

Late Friday afternoon, Mobil Oil Marianas raised its fuel prices by 15 cents, followed by Shell Marianas early Saturday morning.

Mobil now charges $6.11 for a gallon of its Extra fuel, from $5.96. Its Supreme fuel was hiked from $6.41 per gallon to $6.56 while diesel is now $6.98 from $6.78.

Fuel prices in the CNMI have been seesawing between ups and downs as of late. Last April 20, the CNMI saw a steep increase of 20 cents, with local oil companies increasing regular fuel prices to $5.96 for a gallon. Prior to the April 20 increase, fuel companies lowered prices from $5.86 to $5.76 per gallon of regular fuel. Before the April 11 rollback, the price of fuel was reduced from $6.01 to $5.86 in the first week of April.

The CNMI saw its first fuel increase of the year back on Jan. 5, when local oil companies raised prices of regular fuel to $4.96, followed by a string of increases that reached an all-time-high of $6.06 per gallon of regular fuel in March. The CNMI then finally saw its first gas rollback in mid-March with oil companies brining regular fuel down to $5.86. The rollback was followed by yet another increase at the end of March with fuel going back up to $6.01.

Local motorists say they are starting to feel the impact of the fuel increases.

“The last few increases and rollbacks were fine. Now with gas at $6.11, I can really feel the impact on my wallet when I fill up my tank,” said a 25-year-old motorist.

Another motorist says the rise in fuel prices should be addressed by the CNMI administration as it has been affecting residents for quite some time now.

“Guam has already addressed their fuel problem with their administration providing relief in the form of gas vouchers. Here in the CNMI, there’s been constant back and forth while the people are suffering. We’ve been hearing talks about gas vouchers and stimuluses but until now, there isn’t a solid legislation that all the government branches can agree on. This needs to be addressed because we’re still trying to recover,” the 43-year-old woman said.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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