Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Drop, Nationwide Demand Tapers Off

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
Gas pump by Mike Mozart
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania fell by nearly two cents this week to an average of $2.779 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Every state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region is paying less for a gallon of gasoline compared to a week ago.  Many motorists are seeing double digit decreases in pump prices compared to one month ago, with gas prices continuing to drop.

For a second straight week, the region increased gasoline inventory.  However, despite a 1.1 million barrel build, regional inventories are 3 million barrels below this time last year, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.779
Average price during the week of October 2, 2017: $2.795
Average price during the week of October 12, 2016: $2.410

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

$2.684      Altoona
$2.831      Beaver
$2.797      Bradford
$2.791      Brookville
$2.799      Butler
$2.778      Clarion
$2.777      Du Bois
$2.757      Erie
$2.795      Greensburg
$2.757      Indiana
$2.822      Jeannette
$2.760      Kittanning
$2.766      Latrobe
$2.771      Meadville
$2.799      Mercer
$2.748      New Castle
$2.786      New Kensington
$2.807      Pittsburgh
$2.788      Sharon
$2.748      Uniontown
$2.800      Warren
$2.780      Washington

On the National Front
Motorists are paying on average six cents less for a gallon of gasoline on the week with all states seeing prices at the pump either drop or hold steady.  Today’s national gas price average is $2.49, which is 18 cents cheaper than a month ago.  With the latest EIA report measuring gasoline demand at 9.2 million barrels per day, down 281,000 from the week prior, retail gas prices are showing steady promise of returning to pre-hurricane rates.

Over the weekend, Hurricane Nate made landfall over the Gulf Coast and is now a tropical depression.  Ahead of the storm, many Gulf Coast oil platforms and rigs were shut down and employees evacuated.  In addition, two refineries, accounting for six percent of total Gulf Coast refining capacity, shut down.  Early reports speculate that refineries did not sustain damage and operations could start up today, Monday.  Overall, motorists will see minimal to no impact to gas prices in the region hit by the storm.

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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