Gasoline prices in the state dropped slightly last week, according to GasBuddy.com and AAA Kansas.
Both companies said the average retail gasoline prices fell more than 2 cents a gallon to an average of $2.14 a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.
The national average dropped 0.3 cents per gallon to $2.29 a gallon.
"As oil prices have hit a bit of a rough patch in the last two weeks, gasoline prices have stumbled as well with a majority of states seeing a weekly pull back in retail prices," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. "While some states did see minor increases, the bulk of the country saw prices moving lower at a time of year that such a move is about as likely as a 16th seed team winning the NCAA tournament. While the drop at the pump is most welcome, we’re nearly guaranteed to see prices rebound well in time for Memorial Day and the start of the summer driving season.
"For now, there’s a major tug of war going on with oil prices — a move higher or lower in the week ahead could determine the direction of prices the next few weeks or longer."
According to AAA Kansas, the highest price in the state is in Smith Center at $2.40 a gallon, while Galena is the lowest at $2.00 a gallon. As of Tuesday morning, Sapp Brothers in Junction City had the lowest price in the state at $1.97 a gallon. Four other stations in Junction City were at $1.98, while a northwest Wichita Jump Start station is showing $1.99 a gallon.
In Dodge City, Murphy USA was the lowest listed station at $2.03 a gallon. Dillons and Kwik Shops were listed at $2.04, but allowed 2 cents off for those with Dillons cards. Flying J and Love’s stations in Dodge Cit were also at $2.04.
In the surrounding area, Phillips 66 in Cimarron was at $2.04, but stations in Meade were $2.14, the Presto in Montezuma $2.17, the Cenex in Mullinville was $2.19 and Blue Hereford Stop was listed at $2.22.
According to a report on CNBC, oil prices on Tuesday rose, helped by expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would extend a deal to cut output beyond June, but concerns about high crude inventories capped gains.
OPEC, and some non-OPEC producers agreed to cut production from Jan. 1 by 1.8 million barrels per day for 6 months to drain crude from record stockpiles, but inventories remain stubbornly large.
OPEC sources, according to CNBC, have indicated the group’s members increasingly favor an extension, but want the backing of non-OPEC oil producers, which haven’t yet delivered on existing cuts.