Gas ups, downs bewilder motorists

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort resident Will Rogers had planned on driving to Grant County for the weekend, but thought better of it.

"The gas prices are outrageous and unbelievable," Rogers said after filling up at the BP station on Devil's Hollow Road. "It was $1.74 the other night. It was $1.51 last week. It's unbelievable it can jump a quarter."

The price at BP and other stations in Frankfort for regular unleaded on Saturday was $1.67 a gallon.

Rogers wasn't alone in his feelings about the escalating gas prices. Though Frankfort's prices are higher than some surrounding areas, Kentucky as a whole remains cheaper than some other states. Customers blame several factors such as price gouging by the oil companies, the Venezuela oil strike, a severe winter and, of course, the looming war with Iraq.

The average price of gas in Kentucky, as of Saturday, was $1.67 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to the American Automobile Association. That's up slightly from FrIday, when it was $1.66. The national average Saturday was $1.71, about the same as Friday. The AAA's daily gauge report is a daily survey of more than 60,000 self-serve stations across the nation.

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