Tulsa Gas Prices Increase But No Shortage Expected Here

Thursday, August 31st 2017, 9:56 pm

As gas supplies dwindle in Houston, gas prices are on the rise in Tulsa and it could get worse before it gets better. 

At the 15th and Denver QuikTrip, gas is $2.29 and Tulsans can expect that number to rise.

As Inola resident Devon Yoder fills up his tank, the price of gas is not on his mind even though he travels about 400 miles a day for work.

"I pull up and I'll pay whatever's on there. I don't keep track." Said Yoder. 

"We can't do nothing about it," said Broken Arrow resident Tom Nartin.

Nartin sees no sense in complaining.

The situation is a lot different here than in Dallas, where drivers are waiting in long lines, and some stations turned off their pumps. 

QuikTrip isn't selling gas at about half of its stores in the DFW area. 

Mike Thornbrugh of QuikTrip said, "Tulsa's fine. There truly is plenty of supply."

Harvey shut down about a fourth of the nation's refinery capacity and a pipeline that transports gas to much of the south is being turned off.

But Thornbrugh said there is no need to panic. 

"Do what you're doing now. If you need gasoline, we have it. If you don't - don't buy it. We'll have it," said Thornbrugh.

Tulsans have seen about a 20 cent spike this week and AAA says there could be another spike, anywhere from 10-25 cents nationwide. 

But for Tom, he's focused on giving, rather than counting the cash he's spending on gas. 

"I'm trying to do my best too, as donating every dollar I get, try to give, you know?" Tom Nartin said.

We're not out of the woods for Labor Day weekend but AAA expects the price could drop back down to normal by as early as mid-September. 


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