Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gas in Saipan now more expensive than in Hawaii

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.

(Honolulu Advertiser)

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