Texas Gas Prices Drop

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Texas retail gasoline prices eased slightly this week after eight straight weeks of gains.

The weekly Triple-A Texas gas price survey released today shows regular, self-serve gasoline averaging two dollars 86 cents per gallon. That's two cents off last week's average.The national average is two dollars 92 cents per gallon, about a penny less than last week.

Auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau says high crude oil costs and concerns over gas supplies because of a switch from MTBE blends to ethanol blends have both eased slightly. She says motorists should see more price decreases in the short term, but long-term prospects are still uncertain.

The lowest retail gasoline prices in Texas are found in Corpus Christi, where they're averaging two dollars 75 cents per gallon.

That's down seven and a half cents from last week. The costliest gas is in Dallas, where it's averaging two dollars 94 cents per gallon, down a cent and a half.