Heating Oil Prices on the Rise 

The average price of home heating oil in Maine has risen ten cents a gallon in the past week.The state office of Energy Independence and Security said Monday that the price in its weekly survey is $2.48 a gallon. Kerosene prices were up 9 cents, to $2.86 per gallon.EIS Director John Kerry says there are a number of factors for the increase, including rising crude oil prices, growth in the stock market, and growing tension in Nigeria, a big oil-producing country.The lowest actual heating oil price of $2.27 per gallon was in southwestern Maine: the highest price was $2.70 per gallon in eastern Maine.