Downward Trend Continues at the Pump in West Virginia

West Virginia, Gas Prices
Route 66 gas station by Marcin Wichary
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For the fourth week in a row, gas prices in Northern West Virginia have dropped – this time by three cents over the week to $2.746 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Statewide, West Virginia’s gas average is $2.80 – marking a double digit decline compared to one month ago (-11 cents). 

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report shows that with a nearly 250,000 barrel build, regional inventories are sitting at some the highest levels of the year at 66 million and contributing to price drops in the region.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average:  $2.746
Average price during the week of June 18, 2018:  $2.775
Average price during the week of June 26, 2017:  $2.252

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

$2.756      Bridgeport
$2.683      Clarksburg
$2.657      Huntington
$2.808      Martinsburg
$2.792      Morgantown
$2.690      Parkersburg
$2.805      Weirton
$2.775      Wheeling

On the National Front
At $2.85, the national gas price average is five cents cheaper than a week ago, 12-cents less than a month ago, but 58-cents more than a year ago.  Gas prices have consistently been declining since Memorial Day.  On the week, 49 states saw pump prices drop with and motorists in Indiana and Michigan saw double-digit declines.

Gas prices may be poised to drop even more following OPEC’s announcement that the cartel will increase production by 1 million b/d in the second half of 2018.  However, that number may be revised closer to 600,000 b/d, as there is speculation that some producers will not be able to meet the quota increase.  Regardless, the production increase could decrease crude prices and in turn drive down gas prices later this year.  These changes would likely hit the pump in the U.S. sometime around late summer or early fall.

The cartel made the production decision after the U.S., China and India voiced support for an increase to prevent an oil deficit that could stifle economic growth in the latter half of 2018.  The production increase will occur ahead of this December’s expected dissolution of OPEC's production reduction agreement, which has worked to reduce global oil supplies and increase the global price of crude since the beginning of 2017.

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

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