West Virginia Gas Prices Drop, Nationwide Demand Tapers Off

West Virginia, Gas Prices
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Gas prices dropped again this week in West Virginia by an average of six cents to $2.497 per gallon, 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: Northern WV Average: $2.497
Average price during the week of October 2, 2017: $2.555
Average price during the week of October 12, 2016: $2.320

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

$2.499      Bridgeport
$2.478      Clarksburg
$2.396      Huntington
$2.710      Martinsburg
$2.537      Morgantown
$2.344      Parkersburg
$2.518      Weirton
$2.490      Wheeling

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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