/ Modified oct 6, 2015 5:23 a.m.

Cheap Oil Good For Arizona Industry, Consumers

All effects of low gasoline prices in local economy positive, expert says

rehm_energy_picture_spot In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, the sun sets behind an oil pump jack and the Rocky Mountains near Fredrick, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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A boom in oil production around the U.S. is leading to lower gasoline prices around Arizona.

Dropping prices can have a positive effect in more ways than a low bill at the pump for residents.

As one economist explained, while dropping fuel prices are bad economic news in the places where the oil is pumped out of the ground, they are good news in Arizona, where low fuel prices are an economic benefit.

“[Arizona is] a relatively small state in terms of population, gas production is a small part of the state’s economy," said Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Institute at Southern Methodist University. "You’re just benefiting from cheap energy. There’s probably very little downside in this state.”

Weinstein said trade and logistics industries benefit the most from low gasoline prices since fuel is a major expense when it comes to moving goods to market.

And it is not just those industries that can profit from cheap fuel. A drop in shipping costs can also be passed along to consumers in the form of lower retail prices.

Weinstein said he thinks oil prices could stay relatively low through at least 2020.

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