West Virginia Drivers Pinched at the Pump as Prices Increase Nationwide

West Virginia, Gas Prices
Picturesque gas station by Wonderlane
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Gas prices in West Virginia are up by almost six cents this week to $2.573 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

In the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, every state is paying more on the week.  Pennsylvania ($2.80)/ New York ($2.73) touts some of the most expensive prices in the region and could trend closer to the $3/gallon mark this spring.

Gasoline inventories increased by a small 206,000 barrels on the week, but still sit at 59.7 million.  This is the first year since 2014 that March inventories sit below 60 million barrels.  Year-over-year, inventories are at an 8.5 million barrel deficit in the region, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average: $2.573
Average price during the week of March 19, 2018: $2.517
Average price during the week of March 27, 2017: $2.209

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

$2.609      Bridgeport
$2.648      Clarksburg
$2.565      Huntington
$2.610      Martinsburg
$2.501      Morgantown
$2.507      Parkersburg
$2.566      Weirton
$2.577      Wheeling

On the National Front
With the arrival of spring, gas prices are more expensive nationwide.  The national gas price average is $2.61, which is a nickel more expensive on the week.  Six states are seeing double-digit increases: Idaho (+16 cents), Utah (+14 cents), Delaware (+13 cents), New Mexico (+12 cents), South Carolina (+10 cents) and Maryland (+10 cents).  As prices soar, the (EIA) reports that demand dropped to 9.3 million b/d as gasoline stocks dipped (1.7 million b/d) on the week.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased $1.58 to settle at $65.88.  The futures market for crude oil rallied last week after EIA's report revealed crude inventories fell for the third consecutive week.  Crude oil inventories dropped 2.6 million barrels from the previous week, and storage levels across the country now total 428.3 million barrels.  When compared to last March, current domestic crude inventories are 104.8 million barrels lower.  This year-over-year change could be attributed to higher than usual gasoline demand in the U.S. for this time of the year, which has also coincided with growing crude and gasoline exports from the U.S.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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