OKLAHOMA CITY – Over the past five days, average retail gasoline prices have risen more than four cents per gallon in Oklahoma and even more dramatically in eight other Heartland states.
Since the end of July, pump prices have jumped 13 cents in Ohio and 11 cents in both Indiana and Michigan.
These increases can be traced back to refinery problems and maintenance issues at several facilities supplying the region: two in Kansas (HollyFrontier in El Dorado and the CVR plant in Coffeyville), BP’s refinery in Whiting, Ind., and ExxonMobil’s facility in Joliet, Ill.
However, despite these refinery glitches and high-profile conflicts in overseas oil-producing countries, the rest of the nation is enjoying lower prices for gasoline.
Today’s nationwide price of $3.47 per gallon is two cents less than one week ago, a nickel below the price at the end of July and eight cents less than on this same date last year, according to fuel experts.
“While prices in Oklahoma may still move slightly higher over the next week or two, the long-term prognosis looks good,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Barring any new market-moving developments, I’d expect prices to turn lower again once we approach the September 15 switchover date for winter-blend gasoline production and as refineries get back on track.”
Here is a list of gas prices and averages for cities in Oklahoma from AAA:
Now, here a list of gas prices broken down by cities in Oklahoma, according to CNGnow.com: