In California, the price of gasoline rose 23 cents per gallon to an average $3.99 for regular.
The company said it is only a coincide that the end of the program comes as a Dixon gas station won a preliminary injunction against the grocery store chain.
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Justice Department will try to “root out” cases of fraud or manipulation in oil markets.
With gas hitting $4.50 a gallon, it’s a huge additional expense for Bay Area food banks, said Tami Cardenas with the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose.
Authorities say they had to block vehicles from entering a gas station near Santa Rosa after a computer problem had gas there on sale for 39 cents a gallon.
The Environmental Protection Agency was expected to rule by the end of September on whether to allow gasoline retailers to increase the maxium amount of ethanol in their gas mixtures from 10 to 15%.