PENNSYLVANIA – Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania.
This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47 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 5.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are
19.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.
The national average has decreased 15.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 8.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“Motorists taking those late summer vacations continue to see their risk paying rewards: gasoline prices continue to hold near the lowest levels of the summer,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
“It’s relatively rare to see prices holding lower in the mid-to-late summer, as hurricanes tend to weigh on prices and demand for gasoline is highest during the second half of the summer.
“However, oil prices rallied in mid-June, altering the behavior of gasoline prices, and after the situation in Iraq cooled, it let to a widespread selloff in commodities that led to cheaper oil prices and refineries passed the savings onto motorists. Prices today versus last year are lower in many communities across the country.”
“Meanwhile, the Great Lakes region has seen its low prices thrust higher after several refinery issues and planned maintenance culminated at the same time, leading to a drop in available supply, leading to higher prices. The best news is that as the driving season concludes, prices are likely to drop- most significantly in late September through the holidays,” 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.