When looking at gas prices statewide, Great Bend falls about in the middle of the pack, according to the gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas for regular unleaded have risen by 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.49 per gallon Tuesday. With the lowest prices in the state in Topeka and Frontenac at $3.29 and the highs in Cherryvale and Junction City at $3.69, most local retailers were asking $3.39.
Elsewhere in Central Kansas, the website reported $3.47 at Ellinwood and $3.56 in Hoisington. There were no reports for Claflin and Larned.
The Kansas price compares with the national average that decreased by 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59, KansasGasPrices.com noted.
Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices Tuesday were 91.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 12.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has moved lower by 10.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 86.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
“Although crude oil ended another volatile week on the upswing, rising from $79 to settle just above $82 per barrel at Friday’s close, overall demand for gasoline is not likely to increase any time soon and we should not be surprised to see crude oil slip to the mid 70s this week as the price at the pump edges lower too,” said Gregg Laskoski, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.
The events unfolding in Libya Tuesday with the likely overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi will unlikely impact fuel prices in the United States since Libya is more of a supplier for Europe than the U.S., Laskoski said.
It will be months before Libyan refineries shut down by the revolution will be back on line. If Americans would see any benefits from the changes there, it would a ways down the road, the analyst said.
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