U.S. gas prices are slated to rise up to 10 cents from where the average is now, to $2.50, ahead of Labor Day, according to AAA Nevada.
Nevada, though, won’t be affected much.
The average price of gas in the state jumped a couple of cents, from $2.66 a gallon a week ago to $2.68 as of Wednesday, according to AAA data.
“If something like what happened in Houston happened in California, then it would be us paying higher prices at the pump,” Blasky said, adding that any local price increases at the pump are due to Labor Day travel, not from the storm.
Nevada gets the majority of its fuel supply from refineries in California as well as in Salt Lake City, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The area gets its natural gas primarily from Wyoming, and gets a secondary supply from the Permian Basin in Texas and the San Juan Basin in New Mexico.
NV Energy told the Review-Journal that its gas supply has not been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“Our access to wholesale gas markets varies daily. For example, NV Energy is able to source its gas supply from northern regions including the Pacific Northwest and Canada as well as the Rockies Supply Basin east of Nevada,” a company spokesman said.
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Review-Journal staff writer Todd Prince contributed to this story.
Harvey’s effect on oil and natural gas
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement:
— About 22 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline
— About 23.2 percent of Gulf natural gas production is offline
According to the U.S. Department of Energy:
— Six refineries in the Corpus Christi area are shut down
— Seven refineries in the Houston/Galveston area are shut down
— Five refineries in other parts of Texas are operating at reduced rates