The Edmond Sun

May 17, 2013

Gasoline prices spike across Oklahoma

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — If you filled up your car this past week you probably noticed a significant increase in the price per gallon.

Historically, prices at the pump rises during the run up to the Memorial Day (May 27) holiday weekend and the summer travel season. This time, it was more sudden, an average 20 cent per gallon increase in a week, according to the auto club AAA.

Question is: What caused it?

Typically, because of Oklahoma’s low gas tax, proximity to the product and abundance of fueling stations, Oklahomans enjoy one of the lowest averages in the country, said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma.

“To tell you the truth, we’re a little puzzled why Oklahoma’s gas prices are as high as they are,” Mai said.

Crude oil prices are higher and supplies are tight due to refinery maintenance — both planned and unplanned, Mai said. But that still doesn’t explain the disparity between Oklahoma’s prices and those of other states, he said.

On Friday, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.618, according to AAA. In Oklahoma, it was $3.813. | 341-2121, ext. 108