t might be a good time to fill the tank.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, rising wholesale fuel prices indicate motorists are going to see an increase in what they pay at the pump.

Gas prices in Camdenton jumped around 14 cents per gallon to $3.49 from Wednesday to Thursday.


It might be a good time to fill the tank.
According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, rising wholesale fuel prices indicate motorists are going to see an increase in what they pay at the pump.
Gas prices in Camdenton jumped around 14 cents per gallon to $3.49 from Wednesday to Thursday.
This time a tropical storm off the Gulf Coast is being blamed.
That’s not great news for the lake area where tourism numbers have been lagging throughout the summer season. Tourism officials say higher fuel prices, along with a wet summer, have contributed to the drop in visitors. 
Motorists cheered by the recent downturn in fuel prices before the Labor Day weekend may find their optimism cut short.
Fuel prices are expected to trend upward again in anticipation of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Gustav as it moves toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, according to a report released by DNR.
On Thursday, DNR reported Missouri wholesale fuel prices climbed for the fourth straight day, according to industry price information sources. Crude oil values on international markets rose and then fell on market uncertainty over the potentials for storm damage.
Oil companies evacuated some offshore staff, prepared oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and set emergency plans in the potential path of the storm. If Gustav gains hurricane strength and travels through the Gulf as forecasters currently expect, it might force evacuations and shutdown of oil rigs and refineries that account for a major part of U.S. oil and natural gas production.    
Missourians weighing household transportation budgets in the light of elevated fuel costs should pay an online visit to the DNR Energy Center’s “Save Green on Gasoline” Web page. Filled with ways to achieve better fuel economy, the site www.savegreenongasoline.org, includes useful tips on driving techniques, car maintenance and trip planning. The site also features links to regional carpool organizers and mass transit and to sources of information on shopping for energy-efficient vehicles.    
According to the Energy Center’s most recent Energy Bulletin released Aug. 18, Missouri average retail gasoline prices dropped more than 42 cents lower than the record retail price of $3.89 set July 7.
 The average price for diesel fuel had decreased 58 cents in the past month. Many oil industry sources expect retail prices to move upward as wholesale prices rise and Gulf storm developments become clearer.