Price war drives cost of unleaded under $2

by nathan oster

Some of the lowest gas prices in country could be found Tuesday afternoon in Greybull, where the recent opening of the new Maverik Country Store has appeared to ignite an all-out gas war with its closest competitor, the Overland Express Mart.

As 5 p.m. approached, motorists could get a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline for $1.99 at both locations. It had been around $2.09 when the day began. As it progressed, the price continued to drop, falling by one- and two-cent increments until appearing to bottom out at $1.99.

To put those prices in perspective, AAA was reporting the national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline to be $2.55.   The average in Wyoming, at the same time on Tuesday afternoon, was $2.42. In Big Horn County, it was $2.39.

A check of the signs in front of the other two gas stations in town, Murdoch Oil and Big Horn Co-op, revealed that they, too, were below the state average, with Murdoch’s sitting at $2.41 and the Co-op at $2.34 for a gallon of unleaded gasoline.

Wondering who had the highest prices in the nation? You’d have to go to California to find those. According to gasbuddy.com, in some parts of the state a gallon of unleaded was setting motorists back around $3.50.