Gas prices up before Ike, down afterwards

The high winds in Texas and Louisiana have caused higher gas prices here in the Pine Belt and elsewhere the last couple of days.  On Friday, gas prices jumped about .30 in our area to around $3.89 per gallon for regular unleaded over fears of what Hurricane Ike would do to refineries in the Houston area.

Today however, prices fell back about a dime to an average of about $3.79.  Local gas suppliers tell us prices should be stable throughout the weekend, but they could move quickly up or down again based on activity in the commodities markets on Monday.

Those gas providers say the local supply is more than adequate.

They say if consumers do find a station out of gas, it should only be for a short time, until they are resupplied.