AAA: Western PA Gas Prices Steady; Some Gulf Refineries Still Offline

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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are stable this week at $3.321 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average                 $3.321
Average price during the week of August 30, 2021                                  $3.323
Average price during the week of September 8, 2020                              $2.569

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

$3.299      Altoona
$3.359      Beaver
$3.359      Bradford
$3.366      Brookville
$3.296      Butler
$3.356      Clarion
$3.323      DuBois
$3.343      Erie
$3.297      Greensburg
$3.299      Indiana
$3.278      Jeannette
$3.305      Kittanning
$3.358      Latrobe
$3.347      Meadville
$3.354      Mercer
$3.276      New Castle
$3.273      New Kensington
$3.359      Oil City
$3.328      Pittsburgh

$3.299      Sharon
$3.268      Uniontown
$3.357      Warren
$3.279      Washington

Trend Analysis:

Following Labor Day weekend and the remnants of Hurricane Ida, the national gas price average has stabilized at $3.18, which is just 3 cents more expensive on the week. The storm took about 13% of U.S. refinery capacity offline and while there are no firm re-start dates, refineries are expected to be back online this month. For now, the downed production could put pressure on crude supplies and prices as the recovery and restoration process unfolds in the region.

Gasoline stock levels are currently at 227.2 million barrels, which is a healthy level. However, stock levels could tighten until refineries resume normal operations. Typically, a limitation on stocks would mean higher gas prices, but with demand expected to decrease going into the fall, price fluctuation should be minimal. Today’s national average is the same as last month, but 96 cents more than a year ago.

Historically, gas demand starts to decline in the fall as schools reopen and summer road trips end, which leads to less expensive gas prices. Despite the dip in demand, the national average may remain above $3 per gallon especially as crude oil continues to price on the higher end.

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