Gas prices rise in Selma, southeast

Published 11:38 pm Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hurricane Harvey along with the Labor Day holiday have caused gas prices to spike, and prices in Selma are no different than most cities across the United States.

According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of gasoline was $2.59 Saturday, and the average in Alabama was $2.45. Some gas stations in Selma were below the national average, while others were above it.

Last week, the average price of gas in Alabama was $2.09, and a month ago the average price in the state was $2.05. Last year, gas in Alabama averaged $1.99 per gallon.

“Consumers will see a short-term spike in the coming weeks with gas prices likely topping $2.50/gal, but quickly dropping by mid to late September,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “AAA does not expect refineries to be offline for months, as early reports indicate minimal to no significant damage to Corpus Christi and Houston refineries.”

Gas at the Marathon on Dallas Avenue near Winn-Dixie was priced at $2.55 early Saturday. The Shell on Broad Street appeared to be the highest with gas priced at $2.64. An employee at Murphy USA on Highland Avenue said it was against company policy to give out gas prices over the phone, but according to the company website, gas there was priced at $2.49.

The Chevron on Citizens Parkway also had gas priced at $2.49 per gallon. Mid-City Mart at the intersection of Broad Street and J.L. Chestnut Jr. Boulevard had gas priced at $2.52.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency Friday to prevent

price gouging. Ivey tweeted Friday “price gouging is not acceptable.”

“This disruption in supply inherently places upward pressure on gasoline prices, but does not justify the imposition of unconscionable prices during the period of a declared state of emergency,” Ivey’s proclamation reads.