Suddenly, there’s only one.
As gas prices have risen steadily across the nation the past few weeks, gas prices in Kansas have also gone up after most stations in the state were under $2 a gallon for regular unleaded. As of Tuesday, there is just one station in the state under $2 — a Sunshine station in Coffeyville is at $1.99.
In Dodge City, most stations are listed at $2.13 a gallon. Some stations were at at $2.19 on Monday, but dropped to $2.13 on Tuesday, matching the price of Kwik Stops and Dillons. Murphy USA at one point on Monday was at $2.11 a gallon.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.22/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices yesterday were 48.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 19.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 39.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"If there’s ever a time one could expect gasoline prices to flatline, this week should be one of them," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. "Given the Department of Energy report last week of a huge build in gasoline inventory followed by the brutal 1-2 punch from Winter Storms Helena and Iras, that brings immediate and downward pressure on fuel prices.
"Between the two storms they’ve brought nearly a foot of rain, mudslides and rockslides to California and Nevada; snow, sleet and freezing rain in the Pacific northwest; snow and ice storms in the Plains and upper Midwest; and winter advisories in effect from the Deep South all the way to the northeast where nearly a foot of snow brought travel to a crawl on the I-95 corridor from North Carolina to Portland, Maine."
Iras is expected in the Midwest and Northeast early this week.
According to AAA Kansas, early Monday morning crude oil prices traded lower as a result of increased Iranian oil exports and reports of increased U.S. drilling. In an effort to capitalize on OPEC production cuts and gain market share, Iran has sold more than 13 million barrels of oil in the last three months. Also impacting markets are reports of increased U.S. rig counts. According to a report from Baker Hughes, U.S. drillers added four more rigs, bringing the total U.S. rig count to 529. Increased oil production by the U.S. may keep a temporary cap on prices, but traders will continue to monitor how OPEC cuts and increased Iranian exports impact the market.
Two stations in Kansas are advertising regular unleaded at $2.49 a gallon. Those stations are Qwest Fuel in Hays and a Phillips 66 in McPherson.