Gasoline Price Spikes, Rise Continue

Texas gasoline prices are just eighteen cents away from the record high set in 2008. The average gas price in Texas is three-eighty a gallon right now and continues to rise. That's four cents higher than last week. Laurie Johnson reports.

AAA Texas Spokesman Dan Ronan says the uptick in prices over the past 48 hours was prompted by the temporary closure of seven oil refineries, including a few here in Houston.

"It doesn't affect that production that much, but what it does is it causes a little bit of a blip and people get concerned about it and it seems like nowadays almost any reason to have gasoline prices go up — they've been going up."

Ronan says drivers who use a mid-sized vehicle are paying at least $15 more for a fill-up than they did a year ago.

Gasoline prices typically peak by mid-July.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...