West Virginia Gas Prices Drop; National Average Drops as Crude Trends Cheaper

West Virginia, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Northern West Virginia are five cents cheaper this week at $2.454 per gallon according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Statewide, gas prices are about seven cents cheaper this week in West Virginia ($2.48).  Refinery utilization across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region has increased to 93 percent, and inventory has been building.  Total gasoline stocks continue to measure above the 61-million-barrel mark for the third week, which is nearly a 3 million surplus year-over-year.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average: $2.454
Average price during the week of December 3, 2018: $2.508
Average price during the week of December 11, 2017:  $2.489

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

$2.619      Bridgeport
$2.611      Clarksburg
$2.137      Huntington
$2.551      Martinsburg
$2.642      Morgantown
$2.220      Parkersburg
$2.419      Weirton
$2.431      Wheeling

On the National Front
Today’s national gas price average of $2.42 is the lowest pump price of the year, a price point not seen since mid-December last year.  The average sits at four cents cheaper than last week, 28-cents cheaper than last month and four cents less than last year.  The last time the national average was cheaper on the week, month and year was during July 2017.

With crude oil prices trending cheaper, motorists can expect the national gas price average to continue to drop.  However, pump prices this cheap may not last into 2019.  On Friday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced that the cartel and non-OPEC members, including Russia, will reduce production by 1.2 million b/d for the first six months of the year.  While the decision will help to reduce the high level of global crude supply, the move has the potential to increase oil and gas prices.  At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased $1.12 to settle at $52.61.  Oil prices rallied at the end of last week after OPEC’s announcement.  

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

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