Gas prices in North Dakota are at a seven-year high, according to AAA-The Auto Club Group.
The average price of gas Monday, Oct. 25, in North Dakota was $3.18 per gallon, according to AAA. The average price of gas in North Dakota was $2.05 per gallon a year ago and $2.55 per gallon at this time in 2019.
“We haven’t seen prices this high in the region since November of 2014,” said Gene LaDoucer, North Dakota director of public affairs for the AAA-The Auto Club Group.
The national average price of gas was $3.38 per gallon on Monday, LaDoucer said.
The price for a gallon of gas at gas stations in Jamestown was $3.15, according to GasBuddy.com. The average price of gas in Stutsman County is $3.15 per gallon.
Gas prices in the Jamestown region include $3.19 per gallon in Valley City and in Carrington and $3.14 per gallon in Steele and Edgeley, according to GasBuddy.com.
Dianne Hatcher, of Sibley, North Dakota, was filling her vehicle with gas on Monday, Oct. 25, at the Superpumper in Jamestown.
She said she is more concerned about how much it will cost to heat her home, which runs on natural gas and has an electric backup.
“We want to stay warm in the winter,” she said.
Hatcher said she doesn’t come to Jamestown just to each lunch anymore. She said she comes to Jamestown a couple of times a week and gets her shopping done.
“We are just going to figure out what our necessary trips are and go from there,” she said. “We can plan our trips.”
Bruce Koppinger was driving from Minneapolis and stopped to fill up his Volkswagen Beetle that gets 30 to 34 mpg before heading home to Dickinson, North Dakota. He said the higher gas prices haven’t affected his travel plans this year.
“This car is pretty economical,” he said. “We decided even with the higher prices we are still going to go.”
Koppinger has kids in Wyoming and Minneapolis. He said he traveled to Wyoming and South Dakota where gas prices were higher.
“I do just hope it stabilizes because a lot of people will be traveling for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he said.
Oil recorded negative prices last year during the coronavirus pandemic. Ladoucer said oil producers are being cautious and trying to catch up with the market now that people are traveling again and hitting the roads in large numbers.
Travel declines in the fall because kids are back in school and it is usually the end of the travel season, but LaDoucer said there hasn’t been a significant decline in travel this year.
“The demand for gasoline is there,” he said. “It (travel) is making supplies tight and as a result, we are seeing higher gasoline prices.”
LaDoucer said oil prices continue to steadily move higher and gas prices could gradually increase in the next few weeks. During this time of year, gas prices fall with prices continuing to fall through February before they go up again, he said.
“At some point, we would expect that gasoline prices would turn lower,” he said. “We are not seeing an indication of that yet.”