Strong demand for gasoline has resulted in prices increasing in Kansas.

Locally, prices are mixed. On Thursday morning, many Dodge City stations were priced at $2.29 a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

One station was lower than the rest. Conoco, on south Second and Market in Dodge City was listed at $2.28.

The other exceptions were Dillons and Kwik Shops, which upped their prices on Wednesday to $2.48 a gallon.

Several stations lowered their prices to $2.29 on Wednesday, down from $2.31. Love’s Travel Plazas moved to $2.29 early in the day, with Murphy USA and Flying J matching the price Wednesday afternoon.

A call to Dillons to ask about the price increase was referred to a regional office, but a voice mail left for comment was not returned.

According to AAA Kansas, strong demand is driving higher prices across the nation.

"October has seen strong demand numbers across the country and here in Kansas, likely, in part, due to consumers taking advantage of the relatively nice and warm weather rather than spending time indoors," said Shawn Steward AAA Kansas spokesman. "As consumers fill up their tanks more frequently, we are seeing supply levels tighten and gas prices increase. However, we don’t expect this increase to be long-term."

The Energy Information Administration reports demand is the highest for the end of October since 2006. AAA Kansas reports the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.53. The Kansas average is $2.40 Howard in Elk County having the highest price at $2.70.

"It’s been a frenzied week at fuel pumps across the country, but without a hurricane driving up prices, many motorists have been dumbfounded about what’s taking place with the unseasonable upward trend," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.com. "Such a strong weekly upward move is rare in the fall, but is explained by a confluence of factors, including oil prices hitting a new 2017 high, a major pipeline leak resulting in disruption, autumn refinery maintenance, but perhaps among the more surprising — robust demand for gasoline so late in the season.

"Such demand has magnified relatively mundane factors into a major gas price event for much of the United States and Canada. But some slowdown is expected in the Great Lakes, the region hardest hit with price spikes in the last week, as repairs to Explorer Pipeline have been completed, but some additional bumps in the road ahead can be expected for motorists elsewhere."

Gas prices around Dodge City include $2.37 in Meade, $2.46 in Montezuma and $2.49 in Mullinville.

 

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