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Gas prices dip below $3 in Roxboro

Posted October 14, 2008

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— Gas prices continued to fall Tuesday across the state, with the average for a gallon of regular unleaded at $3.45, according to the AAA.

In Roxboro, however, motorists on Durham Road are seeing prices of $2.99 a gallon along U.S. Highway 501, the result of a minor price war among local stations.

"We have to keep up with our competitors," Kelly Whitaker, who is the assistant manager at the nearby Quality Mart. "If they go down, we have to go down, because we want to keep our business."

And that's OK for motorists, like Gwendolyn Obriant, who filled her car up and had change to spare.

"It was great," she said. "I called my daddy and told him to come get him some."

North Carolina has one of the highest fuel costs in the nation, partly because of the state's gasoline supply comes from one pipeline that serves at least eight other states.

That, coupled with retailers' hesitance to lower prices until they recover their gas supplies, put the state behind only Hawaii and Alaska as the most expensive state in which to buy gas.

Industry experts say the statewide average should continue to drop each day as the state's inventory continues to build over the next few weeks and retailers – who rely on gasoline to draw customers inside their stores for other merchandise – begin to feel comfortable.

Statewide, prices are down 5 cents from Monday and 52 cents from a month ago, according to the AAA.

In the Triangle, a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the Triangle on Tuesday was $3.56, down 6 cents from Monday. A gallon in Fayetteville was down 8 cents from Monday to $3.42 a gallon.

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  • Phroge Oct 15, 2008

    Let's see... Oil per barrel was recently as high as $140. Gas at the pump was bumping $4. Now oil is at $75. Shouldn't gas be down to about $2? Inflated fuel prices are the biggest problem with the economy right now. When fuel prices go up, everything else goes up. It's up to the oil companies to save the country. Drop fuel prices NOW!

  • Qwerty27807 Oct 15, 2008

    A few public executions of price-gouging gas station owners would probably break the "reluctance" to lower prices... Vigilantism is the NEW capitalism.

  • rc4nc Oct 15, 2008

    The "Just In Time" model has repeatedly proven to be the wrong approach to gasoline distribution. NC state officials should mandate at least a 30 day supply be housed in state.

  • rtmus53 Oct 14, 2008

    I would say this is a very newsworthy item. Having lived in Roxboro since 1992, I have NEVER seen gas prices here cheaper than surrounding areas- most times 5 to 7 cents higher per gallon. You can go to the Outer Banks in July and usually find it cheaper....bring it on down!!

  • Realthoughts Oct 14, 2008

    WRAL, HOW ABOUT HAVE A REPORTER GO TO ONE OF THE HIGHER PRICED STATIONS AND ASK THEM, WHY THEIR PRICES ARE SO MUCH HIGHER.

    THE IS WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS TO KNOW. INVESTIGATE!

  • Fuquay Resident Oct 14, 2008

    Someone might have already said this but gas is also $2.99 in Fuquay.

  • Realthoughts Oct 14, 2008

    WHY ISN'T WRAL ASKING WHY OTHER STATIONS HAVE NOT LOWERED THEIR PRICES.

    EVERYONE WOULD LOVE TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO WHY OTHER STATIONS ARE STILL PRICED SO MUCH HIGHER.

  • teacher-mom Oct 14, 2008

    If people start using electric cars, the rates will skyrocket. You know, the rates just went up about 20%. We cannot get a break.

  • teacher-mom Oct 14, 2008

    It is past time. About that pipeline, why are we the only state who has to pay so much. Shouldn't the other states pay about the same? I know we have almost the highest state tax on gasoline in the US. I wish someone would explain.

  • lizard Oct 14, 2008

    I paid 2.97/gallon in Myrtle Beach today for my ride back. Still got some left. WOOOOHHOOOO!

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