Gas prices down in Texas, but experts say that's changing

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Gas prices were a nickel cheaper at the pumps in Wichita Falls on Thursday, but experts said those prices will go higher.

Jo Ann Baker, Senior Vice President of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, said prices will go up in the summer because more people will hit the roads which will increase demand. Also, refineries will change over to summer grade gasoline.

Mary Whitney Schrock said she has prepared herself for that price change.

"I will shop at the grocery store I shop at because I get points on gasoline," Schrock said.

Drivers in the city took advantage of the gas price drop including Leslie Crumb.

"It's flag day but it's my birthday," Crumb said.

She said the lower gas price was a present.

"Each time it goes lower I appreciate that, but I have a lot of friends in the oil field or oil delivery so they hate to see it go in that direction," Crumb said.

Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesperson, said the lower gas prices resulted from an OPEC announcement where it said it may decide to increase production at its next meeting next week, and demand for gas went down this week across the U.S.

James Gillespie said he wants to see prices even lower because he is on a fixed income as a retiree. He lives in a mobile home and said the price of diesel is too high.

"My reaction is, I haven't seen prices go down anywhere," Gillespie said. "There are little differences around town but they haven't really gone down."

The average price of gas in Texas was $2.59 and the lowest in Wichita Falls was $2.39.

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