(Cleveland) - Gasoline prices in the Greater Cleveland area dropped 2-cents a gallon on average today, to about $3.39 a gallon.

That still remains higher than the national average of $3.29 according to Cleveland Gas Prices dot com, and much higher than the local average of $3.19 just one month ago.

Senior petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski blames higher crude oil prices on rising oil transportation costs.

He doesn't believe the big energy companies are trying to gouge motorists during the holiday driving season. Laskoski expects gas prices to remain high going into the summer.

Despite high prices Laskoski says there are bargains to be found.

Gas is selling for $3.09 at stations in Sheffield Village and Avon. From $3.13 to $3.19 at stations in Avon, Middleburgh Heights, Chardon, North Ridgeville, and Strongsville.

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