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WebXtra: The return of pain at the pump

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texans who filled their gas tanks Thursday may be experiencing flashbacks. For the third day in a row gas prices are on the rise, breaking the $2 mark Wednesday. With summer almost here, questions arise if '09 prices at the pump could mirror last years.

Showing the average price cost per gallon for the past four years, while we have broken $2, drivers are still a far cry from the $3.50 average of May 2008.  Despite the nearly ten cent overnight jump, East Texans continued to fill up, with no shortage of thoughts on the rising cost.

"There's more important stuff to stress over than the price of gas," said Diane Castle. "The price of gas is not going to change, we're not gonna change it, the oil companies are gonna make billions and there's nothing we can do about it."

"I don't know if this is all contrived by the oil companies but it sure gives that appearance anyway," Tyler native Ernest Gower added.

If you're looking forward to summer travel, the prices may be in your favor. The Energy Information Administration projects the average price per gallon this summer to be around $2.23 a gallon, down $1.60 from last summer.

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