Gas prices are starting to drop in Texas

- The statewide gas price average in Texas is dropping slowly, but surely.

According to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch, the average price around Texas is $2.44 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel.

That price is three cents lower than last week, but is 47 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.57, which is three cents less than last week and 36 cents higher than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, drivers are finally seeing consistent declines in gas prices.

According to the Department of Energy, Gulf Coast refinery operations are up nearly 10 percent.

Overall, 10 refineries are operating at reduced rates, while three remain shutdown. In addition, the Colonial Pipeline remains on about a seven-day gasoline delivery delay, but they estimate that by the end of the month the pipeline will be returning to normal deliveries.

"Gas prices are getting cheaper by the day," said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesperson. "Pump prices may not be dropping as fast as motorists would like, but with the switchover to winter-blend gasoline, consumer demand beginning to slow and Gulf Coast refineries getting closer to normal operations, consumers can expect gas prices to continue to be less expensive through October."

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