We can't get a break at the gas pump.
AAA Texas says the average price of gas jumped eight cents a gallon just in the past week, and now stands at $2.33 a gallon.
AAA Texas says we are getting hit by a double whammy of warmer weather boosting travel and spurring demand, at a time when refineries are undergoing their routine spring maintenance, and switching to cleaner, but more expensive summer blend gasoline.
Refinery maintenance is usually over by now, but many refineries postponed it due to the super cold temperatures that hit many parts of the country last month.
“Drivers in Texas are seeing some of the cheapest gas prices in the country, but the statewide average jumped a whopping 29 cents per gallon in just the last month,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. “On a national scale, AAA forecasts that gas prices will trend up moving through the spring and into the summer, which, of course, means higher pump prices are likely for Texas drivers too.”
AAA predicts that we might see another dime increase in pump prices between now and the end of June, when gas prices usually top out and begin to fall.
We are currently paying three cents a gallon more than we were paying one year ago today.
But prices in Texas remain among the lowest in the country, and San Antonio prices are among the lowest in Texas. In Dallas, for example, they're paying $2.57 right now, and in Midland, ironically in the heart of the country's biggest oil producing region, the Permian Basin, they're paying even more, $2.63 a gallon.