Retail gasoline prices surge as global crude prices increase.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide increased by 14 cents to $2.12 per gallon. Drivers across the U.S. are paying 10 cents more for gasoline this week at an average $2.38 per gallon.
The association survey found the Beaumont, Tyler and Wichita Falls areas to have the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.07 per gallon. The most expensive gasoline statewide was in Midland at an average $2.40 per gallon.
AAA officials in Texas say drivers across the U.S. are seeing more expensive gas prices as a result of ongoing refinery problems coupled with crude oil prices hitting their highest level so far this year as global crude inventories tighten.