Gas Prices Rise After Hurricane Rita

9-30-05 - Gasoline prices are on the upswing in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Rita, according to the weekly AAA Texas gas price survey released Friday.

The survey showed the average price of self-serve regular gas at the pump increased 10 cents to more than $2.77 per gallon, nearly $1 higher than last year's record high average of $1.82 cents.

Storm-ravaged Beaumont was the only city to show a decrease in the pump price, which the auto club attributes to lack of demand in the devastated area. The survey found self-serve regular gasoline averaging $2.60 in that area, down almost 4 cents from last week _ where it was available.

Fort Worth showed the highest price average of $2.83 per gallon, up almost 15 cents from the week before.

Unless new storms threaten the Gulf Coast oil refining complex, the upward price trend could reverse once storm-idled refineries resume operations, said AAA Texas spokeswoman Rose Rougeau.

The national average price for regular self-serve gasoline is about $2.81 per gallon, up almost 7 cents from last week.

The gas price survey lists these average daily prices as of this morning: