Recent figures show across the nation the price of gas is down. News 13's Jeff Platt looked to see if the same trend is happening in Wyoming and was surprised to find Wyoming prices aren't as slick as they once were.
The national average gas price dropped 5 cents a gallon last week, but in Wyoming the average price went up more than 2 cents a gallon. A big reason for this is tourism.
President of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming Bruce Hinchey said, "Right now we're in the very peak of it as all of the tourists are coming to Wyoming and other places in the Rockies to visit."
Wyomingites are paying more at the pump, more than most of the nation. In fact right now 32 states have a lower average gas price than Wyoming.
Hinchey said, "Most of our gasoline comes from the local refineries, and as they are trying to meet that demand it becomes difficult at times and that can drive it up."
Although filling up is costing Wyomingites more and more over the past few weeks some of them see what's happening, while others don't seem to notice.
I asked, "Have you noticed the price of gas going up in the area lately?"
Casper Resident Jackie Menke said, "No I have not."
Mike Grose"I've noticed it going up, but I don't pay a lot of attention to it."
According to gasbuddy.com, a gallon of gasoline in Wyoming should cost right around $3.60 almost 10 cents more than the national average. That's because even though a lot of oil comes from Wyoming; not a lot stays here.
Hinchey said, "We are a net exporter. We have been for oh gosh many, many, many years. and we'll continue to be just because of our population base."
At the end of the day Hinchey says this trend is only temporary and something the petroleum association of Wyoming has learned to anticipate.
Hinchey said, "You know as the tourism season starts to wind down, prices usually go down as well."
Hinchey adds prices may not drop too much because in the winter months refineries' resources will likely be allocated to producing the heating oil needed to heat homes, instead of fueling cars.