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Susquehanna Valley Gas Prices Fall as Regional Inventory Builds

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
Picturesque gas station by Wonderlane
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Gas prices in the Susquehanna Valley dropped by almost two cents this week to $2.541 per gallon according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

On average, consumers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are paying $2.36 a gallon – which is flat compared to last week.  Only three states in the region saw gas prices increase.  Notably, six states saw decreases, including Pennsylvania (-1 cent).

Similar to its neighboring Gulf Coast region, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states saw a 1.4 million barrel build in gasoline inventory.  This is attributed to a doubling of imports and refinery rates at a notable nearly seven percent increase.

This week’s average prices: Susquehanna Valley Average: $2.541
Average price during the week of August 7, 2017: $2.559
Average price during the week of August 15, 2016: $2.172

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.558            Elysburg
$2.533            Lewisburg
$2.544            Mifflinburg
$2.555            Milton
$2.533            Mount Carmel
$2.538            Selinsgrove
$2.538            Shamokin
$2.526            Sunbury

On the National Front
Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.35 per gallon, which is flat on the week, nine cents more than one month ago, and 22 cents more than last year.  Compared to seven days ago, gas prices are more expensive in 27 states, cheaper in 12 states and flat in 12 states.  The West Coast, Rockies and Midwest regions are seeing the bulk of the increases at the pump.

After closing on the NYMEX at $48.82 per barrel on Friday, West Texas Intermediate started moving downward Monday morning amid concerns from investors that U.S. production will continue to add to the global crude glut.  According to Baker Hughes, Inc., three oil rigs were added to the U.S. count last week, totaling 768, which is 372 rigs more than last year’s count at this time.  Even with declining crude inventories giving the market greater confidence, the growing rig count remains a concern as it indicates that oil companies are still investing heavily in U.S. production.

Additionally, last week, the EIA published a report that pointed to a revised record gasoline demand for the week that ended on July 28.  The demand figure for the week ending on August 4th noted a small pullback, but overall the last four weeks of gasoline demand have been on par with that of a year ago.  If seasonal demand remains strong, drivers will potentially see prices continue to climb across the country.

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