Heating Oil Jumps Up Again 

For the second straight week, heating oil prices go up again.Based on a weekly survey, the state’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said that the average price was $2.55 a gallon, up 8 cents overlast week.Director John Kerry says the increase is caused by optimism inthe equities markets and increasing tensions in Nigeria, a bigoil-producing country.Prices range from $2.34 a gallon in southwestern Maine to $2.80 in the northern part of the state.Kerosene prices also jumped to $2.93 per gallon, which is a 7 cent increase from last week.