FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The retail price of gasoline in B.C. has moved downward significantly, but according to the latest cross country check of GasBuddy‘s monitor, motorists in this province were still getting the short end of the pricing stick.
Here in Fort St. John, an early morning check confirmed the common posted price fell at the end of last week by seven cents a litre to 108.9, but actually had slipped above the provincial average.
This, despite the fact, that even with per litre price drops of ten cents or more recorded in the heavily serviced lower mainland, the B.C. average was still the highest provincial average in the country.
The Gas Buddy monitor had it down to $1.06 a litre, but still about three cents higher than the average in Quebec, the only other province above a dollar.
Alberta had regained its position, as the province with the low end price at 83.6 cents a litre, nearly five cents less than second place Saskatchewan — the only other province below 90 cents.
The same monitor had the best price in the country, once again in the Edmonton refinery area, at 72.9 cents — 13 cents less than the best price in BC: 85.9 at the Prince George Costco.
Once again, the low end prices in this area of the province were in Dawson Creek, at 98.5 — but across the Alberta border, you could do much better than that at 83.4 at the Fas Gas in Demmitt, and at the Grande Prairie Costco, you could go 32 cents a litre lower than 76.9, the common Fort St. John price.
However, the really low prices are still south of the BC border, with the U.S. average — although up slightly — still at $2.05 an American gallon, and the low end average in St, Louis at $1.64, which works out to 43.3 cents a litre.
All this as the price of crude oil continues to falls — now below $33 a barrel U.S., amid global recession fears it could dive all the way to $25 a barrel.