SAIPAN, Northern Marianas — Gas on America's far-flung Pacific islands is now topping $4 a gallon.
It's highest on the U.S. Northern Marianas islands of Rota and Tinian, with even regular gas going over the $4 mark.
On Saipan today, it's $3.89 a gallon for regular and $4.18 for premium. That's a 10-cents-gallon increase over yesterday.
The prevailing wage for the islands' major workforce of 20,000 foreign workers is just $3.55 an hour.
Officials of Shell Oil Co. in the region say the company has been forced to increase the retail price because their supplier in Singapore has been increasing its prices.