The inflation “Force” seems to be of the “Darkside” as the rise of gas prices has hit Mesquite, Nevada, as well as all over the nation. Experts within the oil field had started predicting huge inflation in gas prices even before the Russian attack on Ukraine and the invasion beginning on February 24, 2022. Experts had predicted that gas prices will hit as high as $7.00 per gallon before the attack. Now with the full Russian oil pipeline being cut off, the prices are soaring even more.

On March 5th, The Virgin River Times went and took pictures of all of the gas prices signs of all the local gas stations in Mesquite, Nevada. On April 5th, The Virgin River Times then went back around to the same gas stations and took pictures of the gas prices signs. A month later, a lot has changed in the prices of gas within Mesquite, but the actual taxes and prices of gas per barrel have not really increased that much. Stacker.com has compiled stats from AAA and World Population Review with a few other publications’ studies.

In the last week, the oil fell by $0.08 per gallon on average for the National average. This happened after President Joe Biden announced a release of 1 million barrels of oil per day over the next 6 months from the country’s “Strategic Petroleum Reserve”, as stated by him.

However, ExxonMobil announced Monday, that they will be declaring and posting a gigantic profit increase of $2.3 Billion for the first part of 2022. Still, the weekend saw a 3% increase in crude oil in relation to trying and forcing sanctions on Russia in relation to the discovery of war crimes in Ukraine.

As of April 12th, Nevada is the 3rd highest average of gasoline per gallon behind California (#1) and Hawaii (#2). The average is $5.11 per gallon for Nevada while $5.23 for Hawaii and $5.76 for California. Three states have also suspended temporarily gas taxes due to the inflation of gas prices. They are Connecticut, Georgia, and Maryland.

The three cheapest states for gas are Missouri: $3.67, Oklahoma: $3.67, and Kansas: $3.68.

Nevada gas stats:

  • Current Average: $5.11 per gallon
  • Last week’s change of average: -$0.08 per gallon (-1.5%)
  • Year change of average: +$1.75 per gallon (+52.1%)
  • March Gas Tax: $0.505 per gallon (6th in Nation)
  • Current Gas Tax: $0.24 per gallon (36th in Nation)
  • Record high average set this year: $5.25 per gallon (3/29/22)

As of the morning of the 5th of March, the gas prices at local Mesquite Maverik were $4.099 per gallon for unleaded 87 octanes and $4.299 per gallon for diesel, a raise of approximately $0.30 per gallon within a week. Below are the different local Mesquite gas station locations with the price differences compared from March 5th to April 5th.

Maverik, 14 N Sandhill Blvd, Mesquite:

Gas Prices on March 5, 2022
Gas Prices on March 6, 2022
Maverik Gas Prices: March 17, 2022
Maverik Gas Prices: April 5, 2022

76 Station, 200 Mesa Blvd, Mesquite:

76 Station Gas Prices: March 5, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
76 Station Gas Prices: March 17, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
76 Station Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Green Valley Grocery Shell, 290 N Sandhill Blvd #A, Mesquite:

GVG Shell Sandhill Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
GVG Shell Sandhill Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Green Valley Grocery Shell, 910 W Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite:

GVG Shell Mesquite Blvd Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
GVG Shell Mesquite Blvd Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Smith’s Express, 370 N Sandhill Blvd, Mesquite:

Smith’s Express Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
Smith’s Express Gas Prices: March 17, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
Smith’s Express Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Conoco, 798 W Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite:

Conoco Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
Conoco Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Terrible’s, 810 W Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite:

Terrible’s Mesquite Blvd Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
Terrible’s Mesquite Blvd Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Terrible’s, 70 Falcon Ridge Pkwy, Mesquite:

Terrible’s Falcon Ridge Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
Terrible’s Falcon Ridge Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Sinclair, 121 Falcon Ridge Pkwy, Mesquite:

Sinclair Falcon Ridge Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
Sinclair Falcon Ridge Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Eagle’s Landing Flying J, 1057 Lower Flat Top Dr, Mesquite:

Eagles Landing Gas Prices: March 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)
Eagles Landing Gas Prices: April 6, 2022 (Photo: VRT)

Resources:

Stacker. (2022, April 12). How gas prices have changed in Nevada in the last week. Stacker.  https://stacker.com/nevada/how-gas-prices-have-changed-nevada-last-week

2 thoughts on “The Rise of the Octane: Oh What a Difference a Month Makes!

  1. Octane is not the only problem in this world right now and I mean world problems as well as the Great USA.
    These Untied States has gone down hill since the Election of this new democrat fake President. They used the covid mess to scare the population and still have them scared. We have flu deaths and hospitalization every flu season. They promised the younger generation free education and stimulus money without having a job. The economy is on a downward spiral which could slide into a recession or depression. This president has screwed up the borders by allowing millions to come into this country to include violent crimminals,gangs and overflow of drugs,He screwed up afganistan departure. When is enough enough. Why is he still in his position as a president of the United States. He does not care about the people like he says. I am tired of it and the Media who cover up everything he screws up need to be run out of business. When do we end this president from office to also include other democrats who keep covering for his screwups. IMPEACHMENT SHOULD BE IN ORDER after the elections coming up

  2. JOE BIDEN;S RELEASE OF ONE MILLION BARRELS A DAY HAD NO EFFECT ON THE PRICE AT THE PUMP !!
    Oil dropped by more than $5 a barrel in a matter of minutes after a report that the Biden administration is considering releasing about 1 million barrels a day from its strategic reserves for several months.
    The overall release could be as much as 180 million barrels. It would be significantly bigger than recent reserves sales by the U.S. and the country may be joined by allies as part of an effort coordinated by the International Energy Agency.
    Here’s what some top analysts have to say about the impact:
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
    A potential release of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would help the market to re-balance this year, but it won’t solve a structural deficit for oil, analysts including Damien Courvalin said in a note. A release would reduce the amount of necessary price-induced demand destruction, but it’s not a persistent source of supply for coming years.
    Oanda
    The release would help cap oil prices in the short-term, but it’s unlikely to make up for the losses of Russian oil exports, said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at Oanda Asia Pacific Pte. In the longer run, it means that the U.S. SPR will be substantially reduced when demand typically climbs over the U.S. summer driving season, a potential upside for oil prices.
    ClearView Energy Partners LLC
    “It is hard to overstate the scale of this intervention, if it bears out,” Managing Director Kevin Book said in a research note. It would be the largest drawdown volume announced in the 45-year history of the SPR, and would follow the second biggest, the 50 million barrel combined sale and exchange in November. As global consumption may outstrip supply by 800,000 barrels a day in the second quarter, the release of 1 million barrels a day from the SPR could bring supply and demand roughly into balance absent further disruptions. That, however, would do little to rebuild lean global inventories.
    RBC Capital Markets
    Given the Biden administration is taking a very muscular stance toward Moscow, the SPR release is being used as a tool to blunt the impact for U.S. consumers, RBC Capital Markets said. Losses of Russian crude are likely to be enduring as the country will likely remain the most sanctioned nation on earth for the foreseeable future. It will be important to see whether this announcement will be an effective shock-and-awe tactic given that Russian energy losses are likely to climb as the campaign intensifies and the humanitarian crisis in Europe grows more dire, it said in a note.
    S&P Global
    The move is likely to be insignificant, with the key focus still being Russian exports, said Victor Shum, vice president of consulting at S&P Global. A wide range of outcomes are possible on Russian crude, with up to 7.5 million barrels a day of exports at stake. Any loss of Russian shipments could be replaced through higher output from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and release of government-controlled reserves, at least for several months. Should Russian exports fall 3 million barrels a day from pre-invasion levels from April to December, that would be 825 million barrels, well above the 575 million barrels currently held in the already-shrinking U.S. SPR, he said.
    DBS Bank
    Previous release announcements have done little to assuage the market but the size of the latest potential move could have a more lasting impact on prices, said Suvro Sarkar, an energy analyst at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore. The actual impact on the market will depend on how the release happens — whether it’s via direct sales or replacement. The U.S. currently holds about 570 million barrels in the reserves — the lowest since 2002 — and a 180 million barrel release without replacement would imply a more than 30% decrease. While the news could lower prices in the short term, it could lead to increased U.S. demand in the longer term to refill the reserves, he said.
    ING Groep
    The release would be the largest ever if it all comes from the U.S., and that would help to ease some of the supply tightness, said Warren Patterson, Singapore-based head of commodities strategy at ING Groep NV. While it would take the volume of the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves to the lowest levels since the 1980s, the U.S. will likely push for a coordinated release so that the move will have a more meaningful impact on the market, he said.
    Vanda Insights
    A constant stream of incremental supply is what the market really needs to cool down prices, according to Vandana Hari, founder of Vanda Insights in Singapore. It’s also important that the U.S. is a producer that’s capable of taking action as the country has enough surplus SPR and has the infrastructure in place to get the 1 million barrels a day of oil to the refiners in fairly short order, she said.
    SPI Asset Management
    The release is a possible game-changer, and it offsets the loss of Russian supply for U.S. refiners, said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management. It still needs to be seen whether the move will be enough to stem the tide of rising prices, or change the perception that reserves releases are little more than band-aids, he said. This unexpected supply boost may temper bullish views for a little bit until more details emerge, Innes said.
    ANZ Group
    Oil prices reacted quickly to the news, but there’s unlikely to be a major short-term impact on physical markets as the volumes are still relatively small compared with the losses due to the war in Europe, said Daniel Hynes, senior commodities strategist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.. The release looks to be sizable compared with previous efforts, but there are issues around the timing, he said. Also, inventories could be squeezed in the medium term when demand picks up, leading to higher prices, Hynes said.

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