The average price of a gallon of regular full-serve gasoline on St. John is $3.05, the government reported. The Virgin Islands Daily News said that’s a 6 percent rise in the past month, and 30 percent more than a year ago. "We’ve never had prices of $3 per gallon, ever," said Andrew Rutnik, commissioner of the V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. On St. Thomas, the average price was $2.48.
Besides the high price, there continues to be the challenge of supply. Domino gas stations on both St. John and St. Thomas remain closed, unable to be supplied because the company’s fuel barge is out of service for inspection. Samuel Benjamin, owner of Domino Oil, declined to comment to the Daily News but said his attorney planned to release a statement.