Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2007

State’s gasoline prices well above national average, at $3.36 per gallon

May 23, 2007


— Gasoline prices in Kansas are well above the national average, and one retailer near tornado-wrecked Greensburg was charging 23 cents more than the state norm.

The Kansas average Tuesday was $3.36 per gallon for regular unleaded, compared with the national average of $3.20, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. A month ago the Kansas pump average was $2.77 a gallon and $2.85 nationwide.

Kiowa County commissioners remarked during their meeting Monday about regular unleaded fuel selling for $3.59 a gallon at the Convenience Xpress in Mullinville, 10 miles from Greensburg, the Hutchinson News reported.

A powerful May 4 tornado demolished nearly every residential and commercial building in Greensburg and claimed 10 lives in the town. Tornadoes killed three others that weekend elsewhere in Kansas.

Kemp Cunningham, the chief financial officer of Overland Park-based Convenience Xpress, blamed the higher price in Mullinville on the weather-related shutdown of a fuel terminal in Great Bend. Now, he said, fuel that would have been hauled from Great Bend comes from McPherson, which is 33 miles farther away.

"We're having suppliers in Kansas run out of fuel," Cunningham said. "We're having to sit in line for hours."

He has directed store management to show customers what the company spent on the fuel.

The $3.59-a-gallon price reflected fuel that cost $3.35 a gallon, Cunningham said. Credit card use takes about 12 cents a gallon from the seller, he said. That effectively raises the company's cost on that gallon to $3.47.


Cait McKnelly 11 years, 1 month ago

I thought there were laws against price gouging.

Wilbur_Nether 11 years, 1 month ago

There are. Proving price gouging is hard, though.

Evan Ridenour 11 years, 1 month ago

The margins of profit on selling fuel are extrememly thin and it is not uncommon for a convience store to sell its fuel at a loss. They make the majority of their money from selling things other then fuel. You shouldn't assume that because the prices at Kansas stations are high that there is a collusion among all of the stations to price fix. The gas stations don't control the price THEY have to pay to acquire the fuel and they are definitely not going to be selling the stuff at a huge loss.

Mkh 11 years, 1 month ago

"The fact is, we're using more fuel than a year ago. THAT's why prices are higher. End of story."

Actually that is half the story. We are using more fuel, but producing less. Thus your witnessing the global peak.

Congress cannot bring back cheap oil, it's over people, stop blaming invisible enemies and realize what is going on in the world. Some of you are so bogged down in partisian thinking that it's do you even drive a car with your head so far up between your legs?

naturalist 11 years, 1 month ago

Bowhunter, I thought it was Bush that was being paid by Big Oil? Gas prices didn't go up after the Democrats were elected, it started a few years before that. But I guess everyone reading this comment knows that, except you, apparently.

bmwjhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Not that I disagree with the sentiment, but isn't "your an idiot" rather ironic?

Laura Watkins 11 years, 1 month ago

Did any gas stations get in trouble for price gouging after Katrina? (I'm asking because I really have no idea) It seems to me that if stations did get in trouble for raising prices after that natural disaster, the ones around Greenburg should get in trouble too.

inatux 11 years, 1 month ago

Everywhere in this city, the price of gas is $3.29. In a free market economy, wouldn't gas stations complete for my business with competitive prices?

Yes, they would, which says to me the increases are bogus and gouging, and frankly, it's really starting to hurt.

BigDog 11 years, 1 month ago

So when is this do nothing Congress going to look at this issue? How many investigations do they need to pursue before they start working on issues? No wonder their popularity rate is right next to Bush's.

shockchalk 11 years, 1 month ago

Gas prices didn't go up after Democrats gained control in the House and Senate. Yeahhhh right naturalist. So, question for you and Unix.....How many years are you going to blame President Bush for everything negative that happens. I mean, the left is already blaming him for the weather (Hurricane Katrina) and the war (that they voted for) and the illegal alien problem. Who will you blame for everything after the election in 2008?

BigDog 11 years, 1 month ago

For all your dem-bashing you sure are expecting alot from the 'looney left'.

The "looney left" ran on the platform that they were going to change Congress if they were elected. Seems like they haven't changed much including the use of earmarks in budget bills and are still only working 3-4 days a week. When should voters expect this change to happen?

Centrist 11 years, 1 month ago

People, people, people .... no politician (of any stripe) is ever worth a crap.


Nick Yoho 11 years, 1 month ago

Gas in the US, is still cheap.It's about $9 per gallon in England.It's always been cheap here because your friends in the government have subsidized it for decades,keeping it artificially keep our economy humming.Now that its come up to half what the rest of the world is paying you are all freaking out.Just wait,its gonna get worse.Yes they are gouging us but its bipartisan.Its the freakin oil companies who frickin own both parties.If they weren't all corrupt.The government could help us,by stopping the welfare they give these companies.The ones who make the biggest quarterly profits no less.

Jamesaust 11 years, 1 month ago

I paid $3.43 in LA yesterday. California always has gas at dozens of cents higher than here (supposedly the unique anti-smog mixture). I can't imagine any circumstances short of a disaster that would cause gas in Kansas to be $3.59 - and that's a disaster AT multiple refineries, not a single, local distribution site. High prices in general are one thing but this is something like 108% of the state average? Uh-uh. At that differential, suppliers will divert supplies to those paying more (the productive side of the profit motive). What's the price in Dodge City - one county over? I've been past Mullinville and I'm fairly certain that Convenience Xpress doesn't have a competitor there. The AG needs to take action. I have no doubt that Convenience Xpress can find other suppliers with additional supplies (if it wants to).

Nick Yoho 11 years, 1 month ago

I'm surprised no one is talking about the price in US soldiers blood,not to mention the war debt.THAT is the true and hidden cost your paying for gas.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 11 years, 1 month ago

It's clear that we're being gouged. In part it's a function of corporate greed, but with nuts like Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad giving them the excuse every time they belch out another bit of their lunacy, it doesn't help. What tees me off are the claims that the oil companies only get 9 cents on the gallon and are hurt by rising prices when in fact they make record profits.

What's truly apparent is that neither party give a damn. They're too busy taking contributions from the oil companies to speak out against their greed.

Sean Livingstone 11 years, 1 month ago

Why don't we blame ourselves? If they sell for higher profits, buy and drive smaller cars, reduce speed, do anything you can to cut demand. There are two sides to a free market: Supply and demand dude. Don't just blame the other side....

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