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Diesel prices in Nova Scotia down 16 cents after weeks of increases

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Global News at 6 Halifax from Oct. 21, 2022 – Oct 21, 2022

The cost of diesel in Nova Scotia plummeted on Saturday after the utility invoked its interrupter clause.

Pump prices went down by 16.4 cents overnight, to $2.24 per litre minimum. Cape Bretoners pay the most for diesel in the province, now at a minimum of $2.26 per litre in that region.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board said Friday afternoon it is invoking the interrupter clause to adjust the price of diesel.

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“This change is necessary due to significant shifts in the market price of diesel oil,” read the NSUARB release.

This comes after three consecutive weeks of increasing prices and interrupters.

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On Oct. 5, NSUARB upped the price by 11.9 cents; on Oct. 8 it upped the price by 13.7 cents and on Oct. 15 by 12.9 cents — an increase of 38.5 cents in less than a month.

The cost of gasoline was not affected by Saturday’s interrupter clause.

Gas prices went up slightly on Friday, by 1.5 cents across the province.

Nova Scotians are now paying a minimum of $1.71 per litre for regular self-serve. In Cape Breton, prices range from $1.73 to $1.75 per litre.

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