Rising Crude Oil Prices Keep Gas Costs Going Up

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Retail gasoline prices are up this week across Texas for the second week in a row.

The weekly AAA Texas gas price survey released Friday says regular self-serve is averaging $2.71 per gallon in the 11 Texas cities covered by the survey. That's up 3 cents from last week. Nationally, prices rose 3 cents to an average of $2.82 per gallon.

Auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau says gas pump prices are starting to reflect skyrocketing crude oil prices. She says that with crude prices topping $90 per barrel, the upward price trend should continue.

Amarillo has the state's most expensive gas, averaging $2.84 per gallon of regular, self-serve. That's 4 cents more than last week. Houston has the state's cheapest gas at $2.62 per gallon, despite a 4-cent increase.

These are average per-gallon prices of regular, self-serve gasoline in Texas and nationally, as well as the change from last week, according to Friday's AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch:

- Amarillo -- $2.839, up 3.7 cents
- Austin-San Marcos -- $2.754, up 1.7 cents
- Beaumont -- $2.728, up 2.6 cents
- Corpus Christi -- $2.674, up 0.5 cent
- Dallas -- $2.696, up 4.7 cents
- El Paso -- $2.775, up 2.1 cents
- Fort Worth -- $2.703, up 5.9 cents
- Galveston-Texas City -- $2.642, up 6.3 cents
- Houston -- $2.623, up 3.9 cents
- San Antonio -- $2.703, up 1.3 cents
- Texarkana (Texas only) -- $2.717, up 1.5 cents
- State -- $2.710, up 3.4 cents
- Nationally -- $2.820, up 2.5 cents


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