NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Gas prices are continuing to rise throughout the country as tensions worsen between Russia and Ukraine.

The national average for the price of gas is $4.05 and it has risen by 46.5 cents in the last week, according to GasBuddy data from 11 million weekly price reports from 150,000 gas stations across the country.

The average price for gasoline in New Haven rose .57 cents per gallon in the last week alone, averaging $4.24 gallons a day, according to GasBuddy.

The highest gasoline price in the state was $4.95/g while the lowest was $3.53/g.  Gas prices in New Haven are currently 68.4 cents higher than they were a month ago, and it is 1.48/g higher than it was last year.

The highest gas price in New Haven this week was $4.69/g while the lowest price for gas was $3.95/g, according to data from GasBuddy.

Gas prices in the city of Waterbury have risen to 57.8 cents per gallon from last week’s price of $3.64. Gas is currently priced at $4.22/g.

On Monday, Attorney General William Tong announced an “abnormal market disruption” in gasoline prices will trigger additional consumer protections against price gouging through April 2.

During an abnormal market disruption, it is unlawful to charge an “unconscionably excessive price” for energy resources, including gasoline, electricity, and home heating oil. State statute requires that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection monitor the wholesale price of gasoline in the Hartford and New Haven areas.

When the wholesale price of gasoline is over $3 per gallon and the daily price change is over 15% when compared to any of the last 90 days, DEEP is required to notify the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Consumer Protection of an “abnormal market disruption.”

“Gas prices fluctuate constantly, and price changes and price increases are normal. But what we have seen this past week is not typical, and we can expect even more volatility due to the unprovoked and unconscionable Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has notified my office of an abnormal market disruption, which triggers additional consumer protections during this time,” Tong said.

The Department of Consumer Protection said “any unconsciously high increase could be a sign of price gouging.”

Tong is taking into account ongoing supply chain disruptions as they investigate claims.

“It’s against the law and if anyone does it, we will go after them,” Tong said. “That is why we have to look at not just the retailer but the wholesaler and supplier too to understand what’s happening here. If we find price gouging, we will take action.”

Tong could file suit against price gougers who would be subject to civil penalties. At the retail level, fines could be up to $99 per violation.