Price of heating oil continues to climb in Maine

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    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Heating oil continues to grow most costly as several top oil-producing countries remain in political or economic turmoil.

    The Governor's Energy Office says the average statewide cash price is now $2.96, which is 19 cents higher than a month ago. It's also up from $2.18 per gallon from September 2017.

    The federal government estimates turmoil in countries including Iran will lead to 18 percent higher heating oil prices nationally this winter, or around $3.27.

    Energy Office Director Angela Monroe says Irving Oil doesn't expect "broad-based supply issues" following an Oct. 8 explosion at its New Brunswick refinery.

    The facility provides Maine significant amounts of gasoline, diesel and heating oil.

    Kerosene is now $3.55 per gallon, up from $2.83 in September 2017. Propane is $2.83, up from $2.69 in September 2017.

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