Gas Prices Drop in Texas

Retail gasoline prices fell this week for the third week in a row across Texas.

The weekly Triple-A Texas gas price survey released today reports prices of regular, self-serve gas at Texas pumps averaged almost two dollars 19 cents per gallon. That's down six cents from last week.

The national average is two dollars 27 cents per gallon -- down about six cents from last week.

Dallas and Beaumont have the state's most expensive regular-grade gasoline, averaging two dollars 21 cents per gallon. That's down six cents in both places. Corpus Christi continues to have the cheapest gas, averaging two dollars and a penny per gallon. That's down nine cents.

Auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau says rising crude oil and gasoline inventories have encouraged the sharp fall in crude and wholesale gasoline prices. She notes that crude oil prices fell below 58 dollars a barrel earlier this week for the first time in almost two months.