Western PA Gas Prices Have Drivers Wishing to Turn Back Time

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices, Automotive
Sunrise at gas station by Don DeBold
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are up by about seven cents this week to an average of $2.819 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices continue to be volatile in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions with motorists either paying more or seeing stability at the pump.  Not one state saw a decrease.  With a 2.9 million barrel decrease in inventory, the region saw the biggest drop of any in the country.  With nearly 54 million barrels, inventory is nearing some of the lowest levels of the year.  As supplies tighten, it brings a nearly 7 million barrel deficit compared to this time last year.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.819
Average price during the week of October 30, 2017: $2.747
Average price during the week of November 7, 2016: $2.430

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

$2.775      Altoona
$2.817      Beaver
$2.852      Bradford
$2.838      Brookville
$2.841      Butler
$2.837      Clarion
$2.833      Du Bois
$2.829      Erie
$2.840      Greensburg
$2.857      Indiana
$2.845      Jeannette
$2.840      Kittanning
$2.817      Latrobe
$2.835      Meadville
$2.805      Mercer
$2.802      New Castle
$2.835      New Kensington
$2.820      Pittsburgh
$2.719      Sharon
$2.741      Uniontown
$2.849      Warren
$2.790      Washington

On the National Front
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the latest gasoline demand measurement is the highest for the end of October since 2006.  At $2.53, today’s gas price is six cents more than a week ago, two cents more than a month ago and 31 cents more than a year ago.  The national gas price average during the second half of October was relatively stable, fluctuating a penny or two until October 31.  Since then, the national price has seen upward movement, primarily resulting from increased demand and tightening supply.

Last week, West Texas Intermediate hit a new 2017 high at $54.54 and the market will likely build on those gains this week.  At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI settled up $1.10/bbl at $55.64/bbl. The latest EIA report showed major inventory draws and increased exports, both of which have helped push oil prices higher.  All of this news has given market observers renewed confidence in seeing oil prices pushing higher as supplies appear to grow tighter and demand remains strong.

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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