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Gas prices

From Texas Standard.

Ford announced recently that it will stop making most of its sedans, because the money is in trucks and SUVs. But now, gas prices are climbing, after four or five years without a significant increase. Like everyone who drives, and even those who travel by other means, Texans feel the impact of higher gas prices right in the wallet. But here, there’s a bit of a silver lining, because so much of the economy, and even the government’s coffers, rely on oil revenue. But with the Texas economy more diverse than ever, what does $3-a-gallon gas mean, on balance?

Ryan Poppe

State officials say the lines of cars snaking around the block of your local gas station is the result of panic and not an actual shortage of gas, but what is the psychology behind what leads to these mass “gas runs?”  

When you pull up to your local gas station, it may be hard not to notice the number of drivers in cars waiting to fill up their tank or that big “red tag” hanging from the pump handle.

After Hurricane Harvey, some state officials are insisting there is no shortage of gasoline in Texas. 

The record rains and flooding limited the state's oil refining capacity, which has led to long lines at gas stations across Texas. But while drivers worry of a possible gas shortage in the near future, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said the problem is really just a matter of logistics and demand.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Dozens of cars wrap around the the building at the H-E-B on Wurzbach as people wait to fill up on gas. Down the street at the Shell station, cars pour into the I-10 frontage lanes ensnaring traffic.

Pictures on Facebook, and other websites of queuing cars and stations without gas sent thousands of San Antonians scrambling to fill up.

"They've just gone paranoid. They think we're gonna run out of gas. I mean they're running out everywhere," says Daniel Hernandez, a local cook who has been waiting 10 minutes to fill up, and has another 20 before he fills up.

In San Antonio, the average price of gas has risen to $2.10 for a gallon of unleaded fuel. Drivers in San Antonio are paying six cents more per gallon than they did last week, and 40 cents more than last year at this time.


Christal Martinez is getting gas at a Citgo station in the Medical Center, on the city’s northside. Martinez works as a marketing coordinator who talks to homeowners about home improvements.