Gas prices dip as pipeline restores most service, but some stations still without fuel

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Richard Evans fills up his gas tank.

After rising a week ago to the highest average price in nearly seven years, Chattanooga gas prices fell 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, according to price surveys of 170 local stations by GasBuddy.com.

The average price of regular gas fell just over 1% from a week ago to $2.75 a gallon on Monday in Chattanooga even with about one of every seven gas stations in Tennessee still without fuel Monday morning due to the lingering impact of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown earlier this month. Chattanooga gas prices, on average, remain 27 cents a gallon below the national average.

The $2.44 per gallon price for regular fuel sold at Sam's Club on Monday in Chattanooga was the third lowest of any station in the state, GasBuddy.com said.

Despite the drop in fuel prices in the past week, however, gas prices in Chattanooga going into the Memorial Day holiday weekend were still up $1.09