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Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Drop, Region Shows Signs of Volatility

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
Route 66 gas station by Marcin Wichary
Photo by Marcin Wichary

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by another two cents this week to $2.769 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices are volatile in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.  On the week, prices pushed upwards by as much a nickel in some areas while decreasing by a penny in Pennsylvania.  Other states saw prices remain stable over the past seven days.

Pennsylvania ($2.75) gas prices are among the most expensive in the region, and land on the list of the top 10 most expensive in the country this week.

With a 2.4 million barrel decline, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest decline in the country on the week, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.  Gasoline inventories now sit at their lowest level of the year at 59.4 million barrels.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.769
Average price during the week of March 12, 2018: $2.790
Average price during the week of March 20, 2017: $2.510

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$2.746      Altoona
$2.782      Beaver
$2.758      Bradford
$2.768      Brookville
$2.805      Butler
$2.797      Clarion
$2.715      Du Bois
$2.765      Erie
$2.794      Greensburg
$2.795      Indiana
$2.778      Jeannette
$2.813      Kittanning
$2.776      Latrobe
$2.762      Meadville
$2.775      Mercer
$2.758      New Castle
$2.794      New Kensington
$2.806      Pittsburgh
$2.688      Sharon
$2.737      Uniontown
$2.756      Warren
$2.750      Washington

On the National Front
Consumer gasoline demand is at the highest level on record for March.  According to the EIA latest report, demand measured at 9.6 million barrels-per-day – levels typical of summer months, not the first quarter of a year.  U.S. exports continue to trend high, accounting for a large chunk of this week’s demand data.

Today’s national gas price average of $2.55 is two cents more than a month ago and more than a quarter (26 cents) higher than this time last year.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased $1.15 to settle at $62.34.  Crude prices rallied last week after the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest monthly oil market report showed that global crude demand is expected to increase to 99.3 million barrels-per-day, an increase of 1.5 million over 2017’s rate of 97.8 million.  The report also noted that global supply reached 97.9 million b/d last month, which was fueled by growth in domestic production in the U.S.  The figure is 700,000 b/d higher than last year’s rate at this time.  These findings gave the market some hope that although crude production is booming in the U.S., the newly produced oil will help meet global demand instead of helping global inventories grow.

The latest weekly U.S. crude production rate record – 10.4 million b/d – was set last week, according to EIA.  That rate is likely to continue growing, supported by growth in the number of active oil rigs in the country.  Last week, Baker Hughes reported an increase of four rigs.  The total is now 800, which is 169 more than last year at this time.

Motorists can find current gas prices at

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