Gas consumption has been flat in Northwest Indiana though prices have come down from the high $3 range, said Tom Collins, the chief executive officer of fuel distributor and retailer Luke Oil.
Last week, the average price nationally was $3.37 a gallon, or 48 cents less than it cost at the same time last year. Gas was cheapest at the pump in South Carolina, and most expensive in Hawaii.
The average price in Indiana was $3.39 a gallon last week, and Northwest Indiana's price matched the state average, which is an uncommon occurrence, Collins said. Gas cost about 6 cents more per gallon across the state line in Illinois.
On the production side, the United States set an all-time record by exporting 3.8 billion barrels last month. The country is beginning to turn into more of a crude oil exporter, which is unprecedented.