Gas prices continue to fall across the state and nation, with AAA on Thursday reporting a 6-cent drop in the average price in Texas for a gallon of regular unleaded, to $2.37 a gallon.
That price is 24 cents less per gallon than during this time last year. The U.S. average price dipped 4 cents on the week to $2.64 a gallon — 21 cents less than the price per gallon in 2018.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland and Odessa are paying the most on average at $2.59, while drivers in McAllen are paying the least at $2.19 per gallon.
Closer to home, the price at the pump plummeted across the Dallas-Fort Worth region, down 10 cents in both Dallas and Fort Worth-Arlington, settling at $2.30 a gallon.
In Denton, GasBuddy.com on Thursday listed the lowest available price as $2.06 a gallon, found at the Buc-ee’s off southbound Interstate 35E near Brinker Road.
Domestic gasoline stocks built by a surprising 4.4 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest data. Contributing to the build was at least 1.2 million barrels per day of imports at U.S. ports.
With the large bump, stocks now sit at levels not seen since the end of March, AAA reported.
The latest weekly declines continue to position the South and Southeast as the region with the cheapest gas, with seven of the 10 least expensive averages in the country: Louisiana ($2.26), Mississippi ($2.27), South Carolina ($2.29), Alabama ($2.30), Arkansas ($2.31), Oklahoma ($2.34) and Texas ($2.37).