LUBBOCK, Texas – Despite the recent shutdown of the oil and gas industry after two tropical systems, the statewide gas price average has managed to remain stable, according to a press release from AAA Texas .
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel was reported at $ 2.806 on Saturday and was trending slightly downward.
“Prices at the pump may still be volatile in the coming weeks as the Gulf of Mexico recently suffered two hurricanes in Texas and Louisiana, affecting the oil and gas industry,” the spokesperson said. AAA Texas, Daniel Armbruster. “However, with the approach of the fall season and less major disruptions, drivers may see gasoline prices drop as fewer people tend to make road trips at this time of year. . “
The auto club said Texas drivers were paying, on average, the second-lowest gas price across the country this week.
AAA Texas said Odessa drivers were paying the highest average gas price this week. The cheapest gas price average was reported in San Antonio.
Regional gasoline supplies are still at healthy levels, according to the latest Energy Information Administration date. However, Gulf Coast refinery operations are further reduced from a few weeks ago.
AAA Texas noted that some metropolitan areas have seen a brief increase in gas prices since last week, including Midland, Odessa and Laredo.
The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was reported at $ 3,193 on Saturday and was trending slightly downward.
In Lubbock, AAA Texas said the average retail price was $ 2.757 on Saturday.
The GasBuddy.com website reported an average retail price of $ 2.73 here in the central city. The website also noted that readers could find regular prices for unleaded gasoline as low as $ 2.52 per gallon.