Slight Dip at the Pump in Western Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by two cents this week to $2.826 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices increased in only two states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region on the week, while decreasing 1 to 3 cents in the others (Pennsylvania, -2 cents).

Gasoline inventories remain above the 65 million barrel mark despite a second week of declines. The region is facing a 10 million barrel deficit compared to this week last year, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.826
Average price during the week of February 26, 2018: $2.850
Average price during the week of March 6, 2017: $2.525

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

$2.846      Altoona
$2.814      Beaver
$2.853      Bradford
$2.824      Brookville
$2.843      Butler
$2.852      Clarion
$2.795      Du Bois
$2.766      Erie
$2.857      Greensburg
$2.856      Indiana
$2.877      Jeannette
$2.862      Kittanning
$2.833      Latrobe
$2.834      Meadville
$2.858      Mercer
$2.769      New Castle
$2.859      New Kensington
$2.840      Pittsburgh
$2.752      Sharon
$2.753      Uniontown
$2.861      Warren
$2.765      Washington


On the National Front
Following three weeks of pump price declines, half of the country is seeing gas prices climb as much as 9 cents on the week.  At $2.53, the national gas prices average is one cent more than last Monday with 25 states seeing gas prices increases.  That being said, 63% of motorists in the United States can fill up for $2.50/gallon or less.

Today, gas prices are 8 cents cheaper from last month.  However, they are still 22 cents more expensive than this time last year.

After losses throughout last week, West Texas Intermediate increased 26 cents to settle at $61.25 at the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX.  The losses earlier in the week came after EIA's petroleum report revealed that crude oil inventories grew by 3 million barrels last week.  Moreover, crude runs at refineries inched up to 15.9 million barrels per day, marking slower than expected growth.  At the same time, domestic crude production continues to boom at 10.3 million b/d, which could cause inventories to continue to increase.

Motorists can find current gas prices at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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For More Information, Contact:
Jim Garrity, Public & Community Relations Manager
Desk: 412-365-7274 / Cell: 412-905-9021 / Email: Garrity.James@aaaec.com


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