Susquehanna Valley Gas Prices Inch Upward, State Arrives at Three-Dollars

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
Route 66 gas station by Marcin Wichary
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Gas prices in the Susquehanna Valley are up a penny to $2.998 per gallon this week according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Gas prices have spiked as much as 15 cents in the last 14 days for some Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  In Pennsylvania ($3.02), gas prices are about six cents higher than last week. 

Gasoline inventories saw a 544 million barrel gain after last week’s decline.  Inventories have remained above the 60 million barrel mark throughout the month of April.  According to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, overall inventories in the region lag 6 million barrels behind this time last year.

This week’s average prices: Susquehanna Valley Average:  $2.998
Average price during the week of April 23, 2018:  $2.986
Average price during the week of May 1, 2017:  $2.643

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 


$2.970            Elysburg
$2.990            Lewisburg
$2.996            Mifflinburg
$3.005            Milton
$2.995            Mount Carmel
$3.014            Selinsgrove
$3.011            Shamokin
$2.999            Sunbury

On the National Front
Hitting $2.81, today’s national gas price average has reached the highest price per gallon since November 2014.  That year, pump prices averaged $3.34, peaking at $3.70 in April and bottoming out at $2.25 in December.  On the week, gasoline demand took a notable drop from its record high the previous week, falling by 774,000 b/d, according to the EIA.  At 9.083 million b/d, gasoline demand is now more in line with rates typically seen during the spring driving season.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate dropped 9-cents to settle at $68.10.  Following EIA’s report that revealed crude inventories moved higher by 2.2 million barrels, oil prices were mostly stable last week, but remained near the three year highs they reached earlier this month.

Total U.S. crude oil output increased to 10.586 million b/d.  The big news in U.S. crude production this week is in exports, which surged to 2.331 million b/d last week – the highest weekly estimate ever on record from the EIA.  The new record high bested the last record, which was set in mid-February of this year. 

Crude production in the U.S. is likely to continue its ascent.  It has grown considerably alongside the total number of active rigs.  According to Baker Hughes, the total number of rigs increased by five last week, bringing the total to 825. There are 128 more rigs this year than this time last year. 

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

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