PENNSYLVANIA – Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.51 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Pennsylvania during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 0.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“As I expected, the panic at the pump slowed considerably in the last week, with the national barely grinding out an increase in the last week, “said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
“A cooling in oil prices during the previous week heavily influenced last week’s quieter increase.”
“While oil prices haven’t moved much higher, we are starting to see more chatter about refinery incidents as more of them finish maintenance and get back online, and this can lead to spikes in gasoline prices if several refineries see unexpected outages or longer than normal return to production times, so motorists should be vigilant that while I don’t expect prices across the nation to spike significantly, it’s a risk that’s on the table, ” DeHaan said.
GasBuddy operates PennsylvaniaGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.