Western PA Gas Prices Hold Steady as Regional Inventory Builds

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania again averaged at $2.588 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices are cheaper in all states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on the week with the exception of New York where gas prices remained stable.

The price drop goes hand-in-hand with the region’s latest gasoline inventory trend. For a second consecutive week, the region saw the sizeable build (800,000 bbl) in gasoline inventory.  Total inventories sit at 64.8 million bbl, about five million less than this time last year, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.588
Average price during the week of August 14, 2017: $2.586
Average price during the week of August 22, 2016: $2.339

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

$2.543      Altoona
$2.656      Beaver
$2.554      Bradford
$2.598      Brookville
$2.577      Butler
$2.592      Clarion
$2.432      Du Bois
$2.626      Erie
$2.600      Greensburg
$2.592      Indiana
$2.662      Jeannette
$2.603      Kittanning
$2.594      Latrobe
$2.589      Meadville
$2.592      Mercer
$2.574      New Castle
$2.575      New Kensington
$2.624      Pittsburgh
$2.507      Sharon
$2.585      Uniontown
$2.602      Warren
$2.649      Washington

On the National Front
At $2.33, the national gas price average is two cents cheaper than a week ago.  Consumers in most Midwest, East Coast and Southern states are paying, on average, two cents less on the week, while most West Coast and Rockies states are seeing pump prices increase on average by three cents.  Today’s national average is five cents more than a month ago and 17 cents more expensive than a year ago.

At the end of last week, the price per barrel of West Texas Intermediate stayed below $50 – settling at $48.51.  On Monday morning, prices appeared to be falling due to a weak dollar and continued worries about high crude oil inventory levels.

As gas prices continue to fluctuate across the country, growth in gasoline production combined with record-breaking high refinery runs continues to drive the country’s already relatively high gasoline inventories even higher.  The EIA reports that despite growing domestic and foreign demand, today’s national gasoline inventory levels sit at 231 million bbl and remain higher than the previous five-year average.

As a result, market observers will look toward this week’s EIA report to see if the trend continues, noting that gasoline demand along the path of today’s solar eclipse may help boost numbers.  Drivers in the viewing pathway may see prices spike due to high demand.

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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