Houston area gasoline prices were unchanged over the past week as the national average rose, according to the website GasBuddy.com.
Prices at the pump average $2.07 a gallon in Greater Houston, said GasBuddy, which tracks gasoline prices and refining activity. Nationally, the average price of gasoline rose about 2 cents to $2.31 a gallon.
Local prices are about 53 cents higher than a year ago, when oil prices were just coming off their recent bottom. They are unchanged from a month ago.
Nationally, prices have risen about 50 cents from a year ago and 5 cents over the last month.
“Gasoline prices are starting to pick up steam as a majority of states see their average rise over last week, a function of the season’s theatrics coming into view: refinery maintenance and the transition to cleaner gasoline pumping up prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.