Gas price roller coaster continues

Gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,436 stations in Louisiana.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.4 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.82/g, according to GasBuddy.

“Last week saw a small party at the pump- gas prices in nearly all states moved lower as the national average fell to its lowest in 75 days,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on July 23 in Louisiana have ranged widely over the last five years:

$2.06/g in 2017, $1.97/g in 2016, $2.46/g in 2015, $3.38/g in 2014 and $3.50/g in 2013.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices Sunday were 50.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has dropped 1.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 55.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Areas near Shreveport and their current gas price climate:

Baton Rouge- $2.51/g, down 4.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.56/g.

Jackson- $2.48/g, down 3.0 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.51/g.

New Orleans- $2.51/g, down 2.0 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.53/g.

“With Libya resuming oil exports, oil prices have been under pressure the last two weeks, falling briefly under $68 per barrel last week, closing out the week far lower than two weeks ago when oil prices touched $75,” DeHaan said.

“In addition, signs are pointing to greater oil production from both Russia and Saudi Arabia, further tempering fears of too little supply. It has been the large drop in the price of crude oil that has opened the door for gasoline and diesel prices to move lower for the time being. More good news? Retail gas prices still have some downward movement coming to catch up to the recent drop in oil.”



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