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Oil Prices Up Slightly 

Since last week, Maine energy officials say that home heating oil has risen by one penny per gallon, to $2.56.The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said rising crude oil prices over the last two weeks are reflected in the heating fuel prices.Additionally, a survey from the energy office shows that oil prices vary from a low of $2.25 per gallon in southwestern Maine to a high price of $2.85 per gallon in eastern parts of the state.Energy Director John Kerry said Maine consumers should prepare for this winter’s heating season by taking steps to weatherize their homes, reduce energy consumption and create an energy budget.