East Texas retailers explain rising gas prices

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Texas is $3.37.In the last month gas has risen about 16 cents. Tommy Wood said it cost him well over $100 to fill up his diesel truck.

"I travel all over the place and as soon as I leave Lufkin the gas prices and diesel gas prices drop" Wood said.

Wood, like everyone, goes where he finds the cheapest gas.

"I can go to Shreveport and its 20 cents cheaper," Wood said.

Wood is right; according to AAA, Louisiana is one of the five states with the lowest gas prices. Data shows no matter where you are gas prices are up.

For the last month and a half, gas prices have risen almost every day for a total of 29 cents per gallon of regular unleaded. Despite the increase, East Texas gas prices are still roughly 16 cents below the national average.

So what's causing the increase? Sally Alvis with Polk Oil said that there are several contributing factors for the increase in prices and she said gas distributors cannot control the prices.

"It can be as simple in a change in process at the refinery, it can be an increase in demand, or an interruption in the supply, if there is a political crisis or anything it can cause a disruption then there is less fuel and the prices go up," Alvis said.

Perhaps the increase in gas prices is not all bad. One East Texas mother said it has helped bring her family closer together.

"We have teenagers learning how to drive and we tell them don't go cruising around...we just stay at home," Alvis said.

According to AAA, in the upcoming weeks as the weather warms up, there will be more drivers on the road. They said that will lead to a higher demand for gas and an increase in price. However, there is hope on the horizon. Gas prices are expected to be less expensive than last spring.

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