Texarkana drivers could see gas price fluctuations through the end of October


Texarkana drivers could see prices go back and forth through the end of October.

According to new data from AAA Texas, while gas prices did not drop at all in Texarkana over the course of a week, there could be some price fluctuations through the end of the month. As U.S. refinery utilization dropped to 83%, its lowest rate since Sept. 2017, gasoline supplies have tightened and caused almost half of all state gas prices to go up in the past week.

“Regional gasoline supplies remain healthy but are tightening which market analysts note could create the potential for brief price changes at the pump,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesperson. “While prices have been dropping over the last week, Texas drivers could see some fluctuations in the coming days due to maintenance on two refineries located near the Texas Gulf Coast.”

Refineries in the southern region are expected to undergo maintenance, which could affect prices. Texas has two refineries with Motiva, which does 639,700 barrels per day in Port Arthur, and Valero’s 300,000 barrels per day in Corpus Christi.

Texarkana drivers paying $2.25 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline reflects the 10th-lowest gas prices in Texas. Drivers in Amarillo, Austin-San Marcos, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Galveston-Texas City, and Longview are also paying $2.25 on average for a gallon of gas.

Drivers in Tyler and McAllen are paying the cheapest prices on average for a gallon of gas at $2.19. The highest prices in Texas are out in Midland where drivers are paying $2.46 on average.

The statewide average is $2.27, and the national average is $2.67. A year ago around this same time, Texarkana drivers were paying $2.53 on average for a gallon of gas.

Dallas area drivers are paying $2.28 and Fort Worth-Arlington drivers are paying just a cent less for gas. Houston drivers are paying $2.23 on average.