(Aug. 10) Crude oil prices hit another record high of $44.99 per barrel the week of Aug. 8, causing diesel prices to continue to climb to their own record highs.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the national average price of diesel rose more than 3 cents as of Aug. 9, up to $1.814 per gallon, up from $1.780 the week before. That’s up a whopping 32 cents from the same week in 2003.

California posted the highest prices, though at $2.113, it was actually down slightly from $2.115 the week before. The least expensive diesel fuel was found in the Gulf Coast region, with prices there averaging $1.756 per gallon, but even that was up more than 3 cents from the previous weeks’ average of $1.722 per gallon.

The Lower Atlantic region and the Midwest also reported prices well below the national average.

Meanwhile, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it may raise its production levels to match its output levels in an effort to prevent further rises in the oil market.

OPEC’s production quotas are currently at 26 million barrels per day, but over-production has already pushed that an extra 4 million barrels a day beyond the limit. OPEC said it would invite producers from outside the cartel to its next meeting in September to further discuss ways to bring the market back down.

The financial troubles of Russian oil company Yukos, along with ongoing unrest in OPEC member nations Nigeria and Venezuela are two factors contributing to the soaring markets.

For Yukos, the news isn’t so good. On Aug. 9, Russian authorities continued the seizure of assets from the company’s main production unit. Meanwhile, a court rejected the company’s appeal to prevent the freezing of assets from another one of its subsidiaries.