WV Motorists Paying Highest Memorial Day Gas Prices in Four Years

West Virginia, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in West Virginia have risen two of cents over the week to $2.850 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices are 3- to 7-cents more expensive on the week for Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. New York and Connecticut both saw the largest jump of seven cents.

Despite a nearly 675,000 barrel draw, inventories continue to measure above the 63 million barrel level. That being said, compared to this time last year, inventories are at a 7 million barrel deficit in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average: $2.850
Average price during the week of May 14, 2018:  $2.829
Average price during the week of May 22, 2017:  $2.375

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

$2.897      Bridgeport
$2.898      Clarksburg
$2.847      Huntington
$2.986      Martinsburg
$2.796      Morgantown
$2.675      Parkersburg
$2.881      Weirton
$2.869      Wheeling

On the National Front
Gas prices jumped 12 cents over the past 14 days, and six-cents since last Monday, landing the national average at $2.93 – the highest price point going into the Memorial Day weekend since 2014.

Today, 14 states tout an average of $3.00 or more.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate fell 21 cents to settle at $71.28. Oil prices edged higher last week following the release of Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) weekly petroleum report that showed total crude inventories dropped by 1.4 million barrels. If this week’s EIA report shows another inventory draw, we can expect crude prices to continue climbing.

Additionally, at 2.57 million barrels per day, crude exports last week saw the highest rate ever recorded by EIA. The new record rate was 690,000 barrels per day more than the previous week and 1.48 million barrels per day more than this time last year. Although the U.S. did not add any active oil rigs last week, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., the current total – 844 – is 124 more rigs than this time last year. 

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

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