Gasoline prices might have fallen in most of Oklahoma but AAA reports there are some counties with prices more than $3 a gallon.
Coal County in the southeast has the highest average in the state and drivers in many of its cities such as Coalgate, Lehigh, tupelo and Clarita are paying an average of $3.50 per gallon. Nearby Hughes County where Holdenville is the county seat has an average price of $3.01 per gallon. Go to the opposite end of the state, Ellis County, home to Arnett, has an average price heading into the weekend of $3.13 per gallon.
In the Southwest, Greer County has an average of $2.97 per gallon.
Drivers in Lawton on the other hand have the lowest average price at $2.53 per gallon, down three cents over the past week but still 4 cents more than a month ago.
Tulsa drivers pay an average $2.62 per gallon, down 8 cents in the past week while those who pull into get gas in Oklahoma City face an average of $2.64 per gallon. Oklahoma City’s average is down 7 cents from a week ago, according to AAA Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s statewide average is $2.67, or four cents lower than last week but a dime more than one month ago. The U.S. average as of Thursday was $3.15 per gallon, an increase of a nickel in the past week.
Andrew Gross, a spokesman at AAA explained the increase is not unexpected as normal seasonal increases occur as winter eases and the demand for gasoline creeps higher.
“We are in that time of year where pump prices begin to heat up, usually peaking around July. But unless something shocks the global oil market and causes prices to spike, the national average for a gallon of gas will probably stagger higher, with some flat days or even small price dips along the way.”