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Gasoline prices hit record high in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City drivers saw gasoline prices hit a record high Monday. The average price per gallon climbed to $3.966 a gallon after peaking Sunday at $3.909.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Modified: May 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm •  Published: May 21, 2013
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It's not a good time to be driving in Oklahoma City.

The average price of gasoline in Oklahoma's capital reached a record high Monday for the second consecutive day. It climbed to $3.966 a gallon after peaking Sunday at $3.909.

Oklahoma City's previous high had been $3.909 on July 16, 2008, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said the region's rising prices have been blamed on refinery outages across the Midwest, but that doesn't seem to be affecting Texas. Prices there are more than 50 cents a gallon cheaper than in Oklahoma City.

“There's just a lot of questions ... and not many answers at this point,” he said.

Lower elsewhere

Mai said Oklahoma City drivers could get some relief soon as the idled refineries go back online.

He also said lower prices enjoyed by drivers in eastern Oklahoma could reach Oklahoma City.

The average price Monday in Tulsa was $3.843, below the state average of $3.913.

The national average Monday was $3.653.

Last week marked the first time in nearly five years that Oklahoma was above the national average.

“Hopefully we've weathered the storm and prices will start to trend back down,” Mai said.