Gas Spike Spreading To More Than Price At Pump

Monday, March 7th 2011, 9:55 pm
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The surge in gas prices is effecting more than just the price at the pump.

In Oklahoma City, drivers paid an average of $3.38 for a gallon of unleaded gas. The last time drivers paid below $3 was about a month ago. One year ago, drivers were paying $ 2.61 per gallon.

Already grocery stores like Country Boy have felt the effects of rising gas prices. Prices on basic food items are inching up ever since the gasoline spike.

"This spike has effected, you know, everything, from dairy, to produce, to meat. Meat's up about 15 percent this last two months. Dairy's up about 7 [percent] or about 20 cents a gallon this month. Produce is up about 10 percent. It's effected everything," said Danny Voyle, Country Boy grocery store.

Shoppers at Country Boy said they have noticed the increases.

"It's all being effected by fuel prices," said shopper Robert Wilkerson. "And the prices are going way up."

The Norman School District transports 5,000 students a day, and its buses travel 4,000 miles a day. So the district is trying to conserve fuel by cutting back on the amount of time buses are allowed to idle.

Norman schools are also taking a look at natural gas. The district has just received a grant to purchase a CNG mini-bus.