UPDATE: 10:01 a.m.
— A gasoline priceco is shutting down as the government steps to keep the gasoline prices down, citing “an extremely high” price for gasoline.
The state’s Office of Consumer Counsel says that while the state is in the process of getting the state’s prices up, “the high price for the state of Texas has prevented us from getting the price we need to keep our customers healthy.”
The state’s chief executive officer, David Orr, told the Dallas Morning News that the company has been hit by “a lot of uncertainty” from the federal government.
Orr says that the state has been able to come up with a deal with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to bring in a temporary “stop-gap measure” to help with the costs, but says it’s still not working.
“We are just now getting through the process, and we’re working through the details with the states,” Orr said.
“We’re getting through all of that right now, and then we’ll get the price of gas down.”
The shutdown means that customers will have to buy fuel online or at a pump, but will also have to fill up at the pump at home.
“I’m pretty sure that’s going to be a challenge,” Orry told the News.
“It’s not going to work.
It’s just going to take us longer to get it fixed.”
In the meantime, some Texans have been reporting that the price for their gas is going up.
The price for a gallon of regular unleaded is currently $2.07.
That is $2 higher than last year.
A few customers on Twitter say that the prices are going up, but Orr didn’t confirm that.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Energy says that if a gas station’s price goes up, the price at which customers buy their gas will increase, but that this isn’t necessarily because the station is charging more.
The spokesperson says that price increases are generally associated with changes in fuel prices.
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