High cost of gas

County’s average price per gallon 6th highest in state

Times Observer photo by Andrew Morrison While gas prices have fallen statewide in the past week, Warren County residents are still paying an average of $3.107 per gallon at the pump. Warren County’s average is the state’s sixth highest county.

Gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s recent survey of 5,269 stations in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s average compares with a national average that has fallen 5.3 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.83/g, according to GasBuddy.

Warren County’s average currently sits at $3.107, which is the sixth highest in the state.

And over 11 cents per gallon higher than the state average.

Only Philadelphia ($3.341), Pike ($3.199), Tioga ($3.161), Washington ($3.134), and Clarion ($3.129) counties have higher averages per gallon.

Average gasoline prices on June 25 in Pennsylvania have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.43/g in 2017, $2.44/g in 2016, $2.88/g in 2015, $3.76/g in 2014 and $3.50/g in 2013.

Pennsylvania has the 12th highest average prices per state in the country, according to GasBuddy.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices on Sunday in the state were 54.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 12.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 14.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 58.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, says the recent decline in prices may be short-lived.

“Crude oil prices responded by skyrocketing over 5 percent Friday while refined products, including gasoline, rose 2 percent. The worry is the rally may continue into this week as motorists prepare for the upcoming July 4 weekend,” said DeHaan. “The decision may lead to an abrupt end in recent gas price declines, or may slow it down, just as gasoline prices had been catching up to the prior slump in crude oil. I’m optimistic that we can avoid a $3 per gallon national average, but if gas prices were to mirror the gains in oil prices, a 5% gain would theoretically put us back at nearly $2.99 per gallon, not what you like to see any time, much less prior to the summer’s most popular holiday.”

Real-time gas prices and averages can be viewed at GasBuddy.com.