Northern WV Gas Price Increase Hits Drivers Where it Hurts

West Virginia, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in the northern counties of West Virginia climbed 13 cents this week to an average of $2.354 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Drivers in West Virginia (+7 cents) are paying considerably more for a gallon of gasoline on the week, in part because of less supply, higher demand, and a new gas tax that went into effect on July 1.  On the week, gas stockpiles in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region decreased by 2 million barrels and currently sit 5.6 million barrels below levels this time last year, according to the EIA.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average: $2.354
Average price during the week of July 3, 2017: $2.225
Average price during the week of July 11, 2016: $2.290

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.460      Bridgeport
$2.361      Clarksburg
$2.373      Huntington
$2.395      Martinsburg
$2.293      Morgantown
$2.432      Parkersburg
$2.276      Weirton
$2.242      Wheeling

On the National Front
For the first time in five weeks, the national average gas price is increasing.  At $2.26, today’s price has been moving higher since July 6 and is three cents more than last week.  The moderate price surge follows a week of solid demand growth and a third straight week of gasoline inventory drawdowns across the country.

Of the states seeing jumps in gas prices, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky top the charts with double-digit increases.  Thirteen states, mostly on the West Coast and in the Rockies, saw prices decrease by pennies.  Across the country, consumers can find gas for $2.25 or less at 58 percent of gas stations.

Last week’s market losses continued into Monday morning, with West Texas Intermediate opening just below $44 per barrel.  Last week’s EIA report showed encouraging trends for the market, revealing increased gasoline demand and a decrease in crude storage levels.  Typically, this would lead the market to believe that increasing gasoline demand is beginning to drain the glut of crude that has kept prices low for most of the year.  However, some new information has indicated that the glut of crude oil may be replenishing at a faster rate than expected, including an increase in U.S. oil rigs and an increase in oil production from Libya and Nigeria. 

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

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