Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Hold Steady amid Oil Surplus

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania stayed the same this week at $2.512 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

States in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast saw moderate changes in gas prices on the week.  Only Washington, D.C. and Maine saw prices increase, albeit by one cent, while six states saw prices drop.  The week’s modest price changes are in line with the region’s modest gasoline stock build.  Stockpiles in the region measure at 66.2 million barrels, which is nearly 6 million fewer than this time last year, according to the EIA.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.512
Average price during the week of July 10, 2017: $2.515
Average price during the week of July 18, 2016: $2.449

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$2.392      Altoona
$2.523      Beaver
$2.456      Bradford
$2.488      Brookville
$2.506      Butler
$2.491      Clarion
$2.435      Du Bois
$2.528      Erie
$2.559      Greensburg
$2.498      Indiana
$2.607      Jeannette
$2.569      Kittanning
$2.555      Latrobe
$2.548      Meadville
$2.567      Mercer
$2.482      New Castle
$2.535      New Kensington
$2.550      Pittsburgh
$2.349      Sharon
$2.513      Uniontown
$2.563      Warren
$2.547      Washington

 

On the National Front
At $2.25, the national gas price average is just one cent cheaper than a week ago, five cents less than a month ago, and four cents more than a year ago.  Nationwide, last week was close to all-time high levels and continues to keep pace with summer 2016 levels.   According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline stocks are approximately 4 million barrels below this time last year.

After last week’s strong finish, West Texas Intermediate appears poised to continue making gains – opening near $47 per barrel today.  The market has been trending upward slightly after EIA’s most recent weekly report showed that for the week ending on July 7, crude oil inventories dropped below 500 million barrels for the first time since late January.  Moreover, total inventories of crude are just 4.4 million barrels more than last year, showing that the surplus is draining – albeit rather slowly.  This news seems to have given the market some hope for the continuing decline of the glut of crude that has been suppressing prices this summer.  Market observers will look at this week’s EIA report to see if the trend continues.

With U.S. oil production still growing and rising output from OPEC countries that are exempt from its production reduction agreement, OPEC’s efforts to rebalance the global oil market could be thwarted.  An OPEC and non-OPEC committee meets in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 24 to discuss the status of the agreement and potential next steps to deepen its impact.  As the rebalance waiting game continues, drivers are likely to continue benefitting at the pump with cheaper summer gas prices.

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