18 states now selling gas for less than $3 a gallon
CHICAGO – ‘How low could they go?’ That’s what reporters are asking from coast to coast as Americans watch in envy of folks in Tulsa, Okla., Lubbock, Texas, and St. Louis, Mo., where gas prices are poised to break below $3 as the average price for their respective markets.
Already, St. Louis consumers are seeing some stations at $2.79; while Tulsa has some stations at $2.85 per gal. In Lubbock today (Tuesday), consumers can pay as low as $2.89 or as high as $3.59 per gal.
“While the direction of current prices reflect what we can expect for Quarter-4 fuel prices, it’s certainly encouraging to see how many states already have stations with regular gas available for under $3,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst, GasBuddy.
“Our network of websites shows 18 states where motorists could access gasoline below $3 per gallon (Tuesday): Mo, S.C., Texas, Miss., Okla., Ark., Va., N.M, La., Tenn., Ala., N.J, Kan., Ga., Neb., Iowa, Ohio, and Ind.,” DeHaan noted.
The average price of gasoline across Kansas Tuesday had fallen to $3.21 a gal., according to gasbuddy.com.
“If current supply and demand fundamentals remain unchanged and West Texas crude slips into the mid-$90s, then perhaps by Thanksgiving, we could see as many as 33 states (two-thirds of the U.S.) with gas stations selling below $3,” saidGregg Laskoski, another GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst.
GasBuddy operates more than 250 websites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free app (named one of the ‘50 best 2013 iPhone apps’ by Time magazine) which has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.
Local gas prices 28 cents higher than state ave.
By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Leader & Times
While prices of gasoline in the midwest are falling consistently, Western Kansas is not following suit. The lowest prices registered Tuesday by www.gasbuddy.com for Liberal is $3.49 per gallon.
That price is the exact same at nine stations throughout Liberal, including;
• Love’s at 208 W Pancake Blvd. and Pershing Ave.
• Kangaroo’s at 440 S. Kansas Ave. and Pancake Blvd.
• Dillons at 1417 N. Kansas Ave. and E. 15th St.
• All three Shell stations; the one at 1421 N. Western Ave. and 15th St.; at 2401 W. Pancake Blvd. and Western Ave. and at 343 E. Pancake Blvd. near S. Seward Avenue.
• Hutch’s at 850 S. Kansas Ave. and Pine St. and the Hutch’s at 1580 N. Kansas Ave. near 15th St.
• Valero at 1001 N. Kansas Ave. and E. 10th St.
Other areas throughout the state include low gas prices recorded at:
Garden City – $3.45
Dodge City – $3.29
Hays – $3.27
Colby – $3.23
Emporia – $3.12
Lawrence – $3.12
Wichita – $3.08
Pittsburg – $3.01
Topeka – $2.96
The average across the state of Kansas has dropped from $3.60 one month ago to $3.21 Tuesday.