Easter travelers see steady gas prices even as crude oil goes up - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Easter travelers see steady gas prices even as crude oil goes up

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As travelers hit the roads this Easter weekend, prices at the pump are expected to remain steady in the midst of rising costs of crude oil.

According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the current price of a regular gallon of gas is $2.70 in the Lake Charles metro area.

One year ago Easter holiday travelers were paying $1.96 at the pump.

Although travelers are paying more this year, it is not keeping some travelers off the roads.

"The prices aren't too bad right now, so I don't see how it could hinder people too bad from traveling," said Stephanie Ledoux, a traveler from Iowa, Louisiana.

Kevin Quick is traveling from Houston to see his folks in Houma, Louisiana this Easter holiday.

"Generally $50 of gasoline will get me from Houston to Houma," said Quick. "Round trip it takes me about 100 bucks."

A major component to the surge is the price of crude oil shooting up 23% in the last month.

The average price of a barrel of crude oil is in the range of $70 to $85 this week.

As the price of crude oil continues to increase, AAA analysts said the price at the pump could hit $3.00 by late spring or early summer.

Motorists in the lake area said they are not surprised the cost of gasoline is expected to go up.

"They usually go up in the summer time when the demand is more," said Ledoux. "I'm waiting on that to see what happens."

If you would like to stay up to date on the current gas prices in your area, check out the 7news I-phone application.

Through this application you can check the current prices on gasoline at certain stations in the lake area.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Viewing the eclipse around SWLA

    Viewing the eclipse around SWLA

    Monday, August 21 2017 9:41 PM EDT2017-08-22 01:41:38 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    We only saw around 70-percent coverage during the eclipse, but that didn't stop residents and students from getting hyped up about it. At Sam Houston High School, Sara Blankenship's Biology class shifted gears to learn about this major event, a total solar eclipse. The first time we've seen one across the US in a while and 9th grade students like Allison Hull and Ben Martin are excited. “I think it’s really cool because 99 years ago was the last total one which is what ...

    More >>

    We only saw around 70-percent coverage during the eclipse, but that didn't stop residents and students from getting hyped up about it. At Sam Houston High School, Sara Blankenship's Biology class shifted gears to learn about this major event, a total solar eclipse. The first time we've seen one across the US in a while and 9th grade students like Allison Hull and Ben Martin are excited. “I think it’s really cool because 99 years ago was the last total one which is what ...

    More >>
  • Dequincy Elementary students watch eclipse with special telescope

    Dequincy Elementary students watch eclipse with special telescope

    Monday, August 21 2017 9:38 PM EDT2017-08-22 01:38:43 GMT

    While many people across the United States watched today's solar eclipse with special eclipse glasses, some students at Dequincy Elementary had a different option.  Smiles were on many faces of the third graders at the school, who were able to view the solar eclipse through a special Dobsonian telescope. This was all thanks to a local amateur Astronomer, Blake Gaspard.  Gaspard heard the school was interested in safe activities for the eclipse so he off...

    More >>

    While many people across the United States watched today's solar eclipse with special eclipse glasses, some students at Dequincy Elementary had a different option.  Smiles were on many faces of the third graders at the school, who were able to view the solar eclipse through a special Dobsonian telescope. This was all thanks to a local amateur Astronomer, Blake Gaspard.  Gaspard heard the school was interested in safe activities for the eclipse so he off...

    More >>
  • Police: Westlake man arrested for third time on child porn charges

    Police: Westlake man arrested for third time on child porn charges

    Monday, August 21 2017 9:35 PM EDT2017-08-22 01:35:37 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)
    A Westlake man was arrested on child pornography charges for the third time, according to James Anderson spokesman for Louisiana State Police. Joshua J. Cupit, 35, was arrested after Troopers searched his residence is Westlake and found that Cupit had downloaded and shared videos of children being sexually abused, said Anderson.  Cupit is a registered sex offender in two other states for previous convictions related to child pornography. Troopers investigated further...More >>
    A Westlake man was arrested on child pornography charges for the third time, according to James Anderson spokesman for Louisiana State Police. Joshua J. Cupit, 35, was arrested after Troopers searched his residence is Westlake and found that Cupit had downloaded and shared videos of children being sexually abused, said Anderson.  Cupit is a registered sex offender in two other states for previous convictions related to child pornography. Troopers investigated further...More >>
Powered by Frankly