AAA Texas: Gas Prices Remain Unseasonably Higher

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The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.67 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents more than this day last week and is 34 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year. 

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $3.08 while drivers in McAllen are paying the least at $2.58 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.91, which is the same price as this day last week and 43 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

The September switch-over to winter-blend gasoline ushered in cheaper gas prices compared to the summer, but that drop was short lived. Crude oil accounts for half of the retail pump price and crude is selling at some of the highest price points in four years. 

That means fall and year-end prices are likely going to be unseasonably expensive, according to market analysts. Crude oil has priced higher amid concerns of global crude supply and geopolitical tensions, including pending sanctions with Iran and Venezuela’s unstable economy.

“Rising crude oil prices caused by global supply concerns and geopolitical tensions are forcing pump prices up across many parts of the country including here in Texas,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. “Fall gas prices have not been this expensive since 2014.”

Michael’s Impact on Retail Gasoline

Market analysts believe that former Hurricane Michael, now downgraded to a tropical storm, has not affected critical Gulf Coast refineries or pipelines. However, there is concern that heavy rain and high winds may cause power outages to the Colonial Pipeline which could lead to delivery disruptions to local gas stations in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

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