Oct 7, 2012 9:31 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News
On Sunday, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. directed the California Air Resources Board to allow oil refineries to immediately transition to winter-blend gasoline, even though that blend is not usually sold until after Oct. 31.
He told the board to take these emergency steps to help lower fuel prices and increase California's gasoline supply.
The spike in gas prices over the last week was caused by the tightening of fuel supplies, as Tesoro and Exxon refineries were shut down.
Exxon's refinery is already back online, and Teroro's refinery is expected to come back in the next few days.
Fuel prices are expected to lower and stabilize sometime next week.
Gas prices have jumped about 50 cents per gallon over the last week in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
For more on the record-high prices of gasoline locally and in California, tune in to KSBY Sunday night after the football game, and again at 11 p.m., or on the CW5 at 10 p.m.
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