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Experts stumped about local gas price increase

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Gas prices are up again. Last week, East Texans were cheering for the decline in prices, but it seems that was short lived and local experts are stumped.

“You know I feel like they get on the phone and say, ‘what are we going to charge folks today for gas?’” said Clark Hampe, an oil and gas attorney.

According to Hampe no changes in oil costs should have effected gas prices, but he says local suppliers have a lot to do with price.

District managers or owners can be behind a price change, according to Dr. Harold Doty, a Professors with The University of Texas at Tyler.

“I think people just raised the prices more than they should have,” he said.

Other parts of Texas are not seeing gas price increases. According to Doty, Houston is around $2.72.

“Normally, I can give you some pretty good answers. I don’t have a good answer for you this time. It’s a mystery,” admitted Doty.

He suspects prices will level out at about $3.00 per gallon. Last month the average was $3.517 per gallon. Currently it is $3.357.

“If you look across Tyler right now, we’ve got about a 10 percent, or about a 30 cent a gallon, range in what gas is going for. nothing explains that,” he said.

Doty says it should go down once the government shutdown ends.

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