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Hurricane Harvey and the massive flooding in Texas are driving up gas prices in Kansas and nationwide.

If you’ve passed a gas station lately, you’ve seen it: Gas prices are inching up. The average price per gallon in the Wichita area is $2.26.

Jennifer Haugh with AAA Kansas says they’re tracking changes daily.

"Overall Kansas average, we’ve gone up a nickel so far," Haugh says. "We are definitely still behind the national average that’s jumping too, so we are still in a good place."

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The drop in oil prices has negatively affected the job market in Kansas. That’s what Ed Cross, with the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, told lawmakers on Monday.

Cross says low prices have caused oil and gas producers to slow down drilling projects and even shut down wells.

“This is having a profound impact on the oil and gas industry. Producers themselves have laid off as much as 20 to 30 percent of the workforce. The service sector is hit the hardest, many of those companies have laid off as much as 50 percent,” Cross says.

Analyst: Wichita Gas Prices Nearing Lowest In Months

Nov 12, 2015
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The average price of a gallon of gas in Wichita is nearing its lowest point since the beginning of the year.

According to, fuel prices in Wichita are down 37 cents from last month. Many gas stations across the city have dipped below $2.00 per gallon.

“The national average today is $2.20. In Wichita, it’s just about to break under $2.00. And that’s something that should stick around,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for “We could see the cheapest stations in Wichita even dropping to the $1.80s or even the $1.70s.”

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AAA projects an increase in travelers hitting the road over the holiday, and they'll be fueling up for less. Kansas enters this Labor Day weekend with the lowest average gas price since 2004.

AAA’s Jim Hanni says 90 percent of travelers in the West North Central region plan to travel by automobile. That makes the area--which includes Kansas--the second highest for auto travel in America just behind the southern region.

Hanni says the average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Kansas is $2.35.

Kansas and other states that receive taxes from the production of oil and natural gas, could face budgetary challenges as prices fall.

Two taxes are tied to oil and gas prices and production: severance and property taxes.

The severance tax is a state levy on minerals extracted from the ground in Kansas, while property taxes are also collected by the state and most local governments on oil and gas wells.

Gas Prices Down From Last Year

Sep 9, 2014

Although the average gas price in Kansas is only a penny below where it was a month ago, a report from AAA reveals a significant decrease in cost from last year. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

Kansas gas prices are 32 cents less than they were a year ago, ranking the state second for year over year declines in gas prices. 

Jim Hanni, spokesperson for AAA, says the price decrease is the result of what was happening at this time last year.

KS Ratepayers Board: KGS Rate Hike Is Fair

Dec 10, 2012

The Citizens Utility Ratepayers Board, a consumer advocacy agency for utility customers, says the agreement recently reached on a Kansas Gas Service rate hike was a fair one.

David Springee, an attorney with CURB, says it's actually a significantly lower increase than the utility had requested.

"There are certain things, like the Kansas Gas Service asked for a 10.75 shareholder profit to be built into rates," says Springee.

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Gov. Brownback Stumps For Romney In Swing State Of Ohio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spent Tuesday on a five-city tour of northeastern Ohio stumping for the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and and Paul Ryan.

Brownback is a former U.S. senator. Ryan served on Brownback's U.S. Senate staff in the 1990s.