Another pipleline failure pushed gas prices up in Georgia again. The explosion near Pelham, Ala., killed one person and shut down the pipeline for six days before it reopened on Sunday.

By that time, the average price for a gallon of regular gas had risen 7 cents to $2.24 in Georgia, according to AAA. Prices there had finally recovered from a September pipeline leak in Alabama that pushed prices up as much as 22 cents a gallon.

Elsewhere, prices were more stable. The national average for a gallon of regular stayed at $2.21 over the past seven days. Florida, which doesn’t get gas from the pipeline, saw prices drop 2 cents to an average of $2.20.

Prices usually fall at this time of year, but a AAA spokesman said they could fall even more than predicted because of an unexpected record high in domestic crude inventories.

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