by Victor Lopez
PERMIAN BASIN--If you've filled your tank up lately, you've no doubt noticed you're paying way less than in weeks past. In fact, the state average for a gallon of regular unleaded today is more than a dollar less than it was this time last year.
It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, gas stations were advertising prices well over two dollars. On Wednesday, Pilot Truck Stop on FM 1788 and I-20 dropped their price from $2.05 to a very welcomed $1.99.
Even though they're only about 20 miles apart, folks in Midland are paying less than those in Odessa.
One of the cheapest prices NewsWest 9 found on Wednesday was not too far from the NewsWest 9 studios, $2.03 at Flying J, on I-20. That makes Jeff Nelson very happy, "I like them because they're low. And it don't cost me as much to fill this truck up."
Nelson says his gas bill has gone down drastically from 300 to between 150 and 200 dollars a week.
In Odessa, depending on where you go, you'll see prices ranging from $2.06, all the way to the highest we found, $2.28 at a Chevron station on 8th Street.
Many people we spoke to didn't want to talk on camera, but had the same question or concern. They wanted to know why the Permian Basin is still paying more than two dollars, while most of the state is already paying less.
According to GasBuddy.com, the lowest price is in Brazoria County, at $1.57. But the Permian Basin should count it's blessings because the highest price in Texas is $2.56, in Bay City.
That's still a bit high, but well below the state and national average from last month and last year.