Gas prices dip below $3 at some stations

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Have you noticed? Gas prices have dropped to $3 a gallon at some Tarrant County gas stations.

According to FortWorthGasPrices.com, the price for regular unleaded was $2.99 a gallon Wednesday at two area stations: Sam’s Club on Loop 820 in North Richland Hills and Valero at Interstate 35W and Papurt Drive.

Many other stations have gas at $3.03 to $3.07 a gallon, according to the website, which takes reports from motorists. The last time gas fell below $3 a gallon locally was November.

On average, the price of regular in Fort Worth-Arlington was $3.16, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. That’s down 8 cents in the past week and down 31 cents in just the past month.

Nationwide, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.45, the lowest since the end of January, AAA says.

“Seventy-one percent of U.S. stations today are selling gas for less than $3.50 per gallon, while a year-ago it was 7 percent,” AAA spokesman Michael Green said in an email to The Associated Press.

Energy plant coming to town?

A tiny California company that aims to convert natural gas to gasoline and other liquid fuels has opened a Fort Worth office that will investigate where it should build its first plant.

Carbon Sciences, based in Santa Barbara, says it hired Trey Smith and Kendall Carew for the local office. Carew, in a release, said the “first order of business is to secure a source of natural gas and a plant site. We are currently holding discussions with a number of interested parties.”

The company previously said it wants to build a “miniGTL” facility, meaning “gas to liquid.” Such a plant would produce about 1,000 barrels of fuel a day, or 42,000 gallons. In June, Carbon Sciences said it was focused around Tulsa.

Whatever the company builds, it had better be mini. According to regulatory filings, the company has no revenue and had just $7,579 in cash on hand as of June 30. It lost $552,097 in the second quarter, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Psychiatric hospital expanding

Sundance Behavioral Healthcare today is opening a 60-bed, $5.5 million expansion at its Sundance Hospital in southwest Arlington.

Sundance Pavilion will serve families and youths at risk for suicidal thoughts and actions and severe depression, the company said. Sundance Hospital opened in 2010.

“More services such as those provided at Sundance Pavilion are needed to help today’s youth,” David Tucker, Sundance’s medical director, said in a statement. “All of us must work together to identify and help our young people through the tough times.”

The Pavilion will provide free assessments 24 hours a day to help families decide the best action to help their child. Each assessment will conclude with treatment recommendations.

Sundance Hospital is licensed to operate 116 psychiatric inpatient beds. Sundance is owned by psychiatrists Puskoor Kumar, Kishore Sunkari and Raj Indukuri.

The doctors also operate a treatment facility in Fort Worth and Sundance Outpatient center in Arlington. The group plans a 105-bed facility in Garland next year.

New real estate firm

Burt • Ladner Real Estate, a new company specializing in residential real estate in Fort Worth and surrounding communities, has opened an office at 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 240.

Suzanne Burt is the chief operating officer, Laura Ladner is president, and Melissa Huffman is vice president and managing broker.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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