Gas prices drop below $2 a gallon at many stations

OLD SAYBROOK & NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s a lot less pain at the pump these days. In fact it’s quite the opposite.

“I think it’s amazing,” said Gail Forrest of Westbrook. “I’m so excited. It’s even lower than it was yesterday.”

She’s paying $173.9 a gallon at the Food Bag Citgo station in Old Saybrook. Drivers there are among the happiest filling up their tanks along the shoreline.

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“Oh it’s half,” said Scott McBain of Old Saybrook. “It’s half of what I was paying. Even less than half.”

“Typically this place is the lowest around,” says Carl Ponzillo of Westbrook. “But yeah $1.73 that’s yeah that’s back a long time ago.”

AAA says it’s been seven years since average gas prices in Connecticut were below two dollars a gallon and that only lasted a few days. That would be fine with Jamie Cowan of Clinton who believes the low prices aren’t good for the economy, even though folks may have more money to spend on other things.

“There’s too low maybe some inflation coming,” said Cowen. “There are people that are benefiting there are people that are suffering too. A nice balance $2.50 a gallon would be fine.

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WTNH/ Tina Detelj

Most folks though are enjoying this price break.

“I think it’s great,” said McBain. “It’s about time that somebody takes care of the guy that’s got three kids and has got to go fifty miles back and forth each day to work. It’s about time somebody gave him a break.”

“I was paying fifty, sixty dollars,” said Forrest. “Now it’s half that.”

“That’s a good thing,” said Sharon McWatters who works at the Citgo station. “Keeps us busy right?”

Folks may have to wait a little longer to fill up, but so far they don’t to seem to mind waiting in line.

“When they get their change back they’re really happy,” said McWatters. “So it is good it is good to see other people happy.”

Gas prices in New London hover around $1.95 a gallon while they jump twenty cents higher in the Mystic area.

Websites like show where the lowest gas prices may be around the state.




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