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Gas prices on the rise across the state

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Written by David A. Bryant

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The statewide gas price average in Texas is $1.99 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is 6 cents more than last week and 16 cents more per gallon than this time last year.

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Texarkana are paying the most on average at $2.01 per gallon, while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $1.93 per gallon. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.20, which is 5 cents more than last week and 17 cents more per gallon than last year at this time.

Local prices

According to GasBuddy.com, Harker Heights has the lowest prices in the area, with drivers paying $1.81 at Rudy’s at 5621 E. Central Texas Expressway. The next cheapest price in Heights is $1.83, which can be found at the Murphy USA at 2010 Heights Drive. The Wal-Mart at 960 E. Farm-to-Market 2410 and the H-E-B store at 601 Indian Trail are both selling for $1.84.

Killeen’s cheapest price at the pump is $1.84 at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at 3801 E. Stan Schlueter Loop. The next lowest price with regular unleaded at $1.89 can be found at the Wal-Mart stores at 2900 Clear Creek Road and 3404 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, or at the Cefco stores at 4011 Stan Schlueter Loop and 4803 W. Trimmer Road.

Drivers in Copperas Cove can find the cheapest fuel at the Murphy USA at 2712 E. Business U.S. Highway 190 for $1.83. The next cheapest fuel can be found at the Alon store at 102 W. Business U.S. Highway 190, and the H-E-B store at 2990-A E. Business U.S. Highway 190 for $1.85.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries elected to cut its collective production when the group met in Vienna, Austria, in early December in an effort to rebalance the global oil supply and raise prices.

Markets reacted quickly to the production agreement with crude oil gaining 12 percent and leading to increased retail prices. The deal is set to take effect in January.

Traditionally, this time of year gives way to lower gas prices as a result of cheaper-to-produce winter-blend fuel and less demand. However, due to the agreement from OPEC, it is still unclear if prices will retreat considerably ahead of the upcoming holidays.

“As Texans plan for holiday road trips, we encourage them to prepare their vehicles ahead of time to prevent roadside breakdowns and maximize their car or truck’s fuel efficiency,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “Along with tire tread and inflation, drivers should also check their battery’s condition because a fully-charged battery is needed to start a vehicle during the colder months of the year.”


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Written by David A. Bryant

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