By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming has the 10th most expensive gas prices in the United States, according to a report released by AAA this week.
Wyoming’s average gas price is $3.50, according to the AAA report. Colorado came in ninth with an average gas price of $3.53, Utah was seventh with $3.72 and California was number, with an average gas price of $4.40.
All of the 10 most expensive gas prices were found in western states.
Wyoming’s gas prices are around 30 cents higher than the national average, which is $3.20, a level not seen since October 2014, according to AAA.
“The probable causes for the increase are a slight uptick in demand and the high price of crude oil, which is stubbornly staying above $73 bbl,” the report said.
Monday’s national average of $3.20 is two cents more than a month ago and is $1.02 more than a year ago.
According to the Energy Information Administration, oil and natural gas production was lower than pre-pandemic levels during the same quarter in 2019. This tightened supply is helping keep crude prices above $73 per barrel and preventing pump prices from taking their usual seasonal swoon.
Despite the high prices in some areas across the state, not all of Wyoming is seeing gas prices that are quite so expensive. In Laramie and Buford, there are gas stations with prices as low as $2.97.
According to GasBuddy, a gasoline tracking website, Torrington’s gas prices are hovering around $3 per gallon, give or take a few cents. Wheatland and Sheridan also had gas prices around $3.15, just slightly under the national average.
Gillette’s gas prices were slightly under the state’s average, ranging from around $3.15 to $3.35 per gallon. The Rock Springs area was seeing around the national average for its prices, ranging from about $3.40 to $3.75 per gallon.
Gas stations in Teton County saw some of the higher prices in the state, with some gas stations in the area charging anywhere from $3.75 to more than $4.10 per gallon.