POSTED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:53am
UPDATED: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 11:23am
IRVING — Retail gasoline prices have jumped 22 cents this week across Texas in the biggest hike since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump was $3.30 a gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices rose 20 cents, amid unrest in the energy-producing Middle East and rising crude oil prices, to reach $3.43 a gallon.
The highest previous Texas gasoline price spike recorded by the travel group was between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 2005, in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Retail gasoline prices then rose 40 cents in one week in Texas and 35 cents nationwide.
Amarillo has the least expensive gasoline in Texas this week, at $3.26 per gallon. Drivers in El Paso are paying the highest price, averaging $3.36.