Western PA Gas Prices Drop as Refineries Recover from Storms

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania fell by two cents this week to an average of $2.872 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

All states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are selling cheaper gas on the week.  At 5.7 million bbl, the region saw the country’s largest draw in gasoline supplies, according to an EIA report. It can be assumed that a portion of the draw accounts for shipments directed to the south in response to tightened supplies caused by Irma and Harvey.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average:  $2.855
Average price during the week of September 11, 2017: $2.872
Average price during the week of September 19, 2016: $2.359

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

$2.859      Altoona
$2.867      Beaver
$2.855      Bradford
$2.847      Brookville
$2.873      Butler
$2.858      Clarion
$2.842      Du Bois
$2.864      Erie
$2.860      Greensburg
$2.859      Indiana
$2.885      Jeannette
$2.871      Kittanning
$2.846      Latrobe
$2.791      Meadville
$2.872      Mercer
$2.775      New Castle
$2.867      New Kensington
$2.885      Pittsburgh
$2.872      Sharon
$2.814      Uniontown
$2.859      Warren
$2.891      Washington

On the National Front
As South and Southeast continue recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, motorists in 45 U.S. states are paying less for a gallon of gas on the week.  At $2.62, today’s national gas price average is the cheapest in 14 days and five cents less than last week.

As gas prices drop for the majority of the country, so does the nation’s gasoline inventory.  The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report identifies the latest draw of 8.4 million bbl as the highest on record, much of which can be attributed to motorist fueling up in the droves in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

Last week, at $2.73, Florida’s saw its highest gas prices since December 2014.  The spike came as many gas stations faced outages as power was down and roads impassable.  The good news is that in the last seven days, the state’s average has shaved off one cent.  In addition, ports are open and receiving steady streams of tanker shipments as state officials continue to work with gasoline trucker and shippers to ensure timely delivery of product to retail stations.  Reports indicate that the gas station gasoline outage situation is improving as stations receive deliveries.

Similarly, positive progress is being seen in the Gulf Coast.  According to the Department of Energy, a total of six Gulf Coast refineries are operating at reduced rates, which is one more refinery than last week.  These six facilities make-up 13 percent of refining capacity in the U.S.  Five refineries continue to operate at reduced rates and three remain shut down, which represents a total of 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity.  It will likely be a few more weeks before the regions affected by Irma and Harvey are back to normal operations. 

As refineries work to reach pre-storm capacity levels, oil inventories may decline in the coming weeks as refineries turn to storage tanks to meet demand needs. Given that the fall driving season tends to be less demand-driven, any declines in inventories are likely to keep pace with 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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