Western Pennsylvania – Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by four cents this week at $2.995 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Some gas stations in our area are even as low as $2.89 per gallon.

Motorists across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are all seeing cheaper prices on the week (Pennsylvania, -5 cents).  For a second week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that the region saw the largest draw in gasoline stocks in the country.  Like last week, the decrease can be attributed to exports and a decrease in regional refinery utilization.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average               $2.995
Average price during the week of October 29, 2018                               $3.039
Average price during the week of November 6, 2017                             $2.819

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

$2.841      Altoona
$3.050      Beaver
$2.941      Bradford
$3.079      Brookville
$3.007      Butler
$3.020      Clarion
$2.962      Du Bois
$2.997      Erie
$3.025      Greensburg
$2.998      Indiana
$3.056      Jeannette
$3.016      Kittanning
$2.965      Latrobe
$2.930      Meadville
$2.999      Mercer
$2.894      New Castle
$3.000      New Kensington
$3.057      Pittsburgh
$2.991      Sharon
$3.022      Uniontown
$3.023      Warren
$3.010      Washington

On the National Front
At $2.76, the national gas price average is at its cheapest in six months.  On the week, motorists in every state except Hawaii are paying as much as a nickel less to fill-up.  Today’s national average is six cents less than a week ago,15-cents less than a month ago – but still 24-cents more than a year ago.

This price drop is happening at a time that analysts previously thought prices would likely increases, as the White House’s re-imposes sanctions on Iran – some of which will target the country’s energy sector and impedes its ability to export oil.  However, in May when the decision was announced (to take effect in November), the market reacted quickly with crude oil prices spiking as high as $77/barrel during the summer.  At the same time, Iran’s exports began to dip.

With the market anticipating and reacting to the pending Iran sanctions throughout the summer, motorists may have seen the worst in terms of retail prices for the year.  If the crude oil market remains steady, gas prices are likely to continue to fall in the near-term, though any unforeseen factors could disrupt this trend and cause an upward shift in crude oil prices.

Oil prices moved lower last week as total domestic crude inventories grew by 3.2 million barrels, according to the EIA’s latest weekly petroleum status report.  Stocks now sit at 426 million barrels, which is 28.9 million fewer than this time last year, but the highest level since mid-June.  Six consecutive weeks of steady growth in crude inventories has helped to check excessive increases in crude prices.

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

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