AAA: Gas Prices Rise in Pennsylvania

| May 10, 2022

VENANGO CO., Pa. – Gas prices are four cents higher in Western Pennsylvania this week at $4.394 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Venango County drivers are paying an average of $4.450 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. In Clarion County, the standard price is $4.436.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $4.394
Average price during the week of May 2, 2022: $4.355
Average price during the week of May 10, 2021: $3.095

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

$4.472 Altoona
$4.339 Beaver
$4.393 Bradford
$4.399 Brookville
$4.423 Butler
$4.398 Clarion
$4.387 DuBois
$4.380 Erie
$4.385 Greensburg
$4.410 Indiana
$4.389 Jeannette
$4.411 Kittanning
$4.395 Latrobe
$4.395 Meadville
$4.413 Mercer
$4.298 New Castle
$4.385 New Kensington
$4.399 Oil City
$4.390 Pittsburgh
$4.399 Sharon
$4.384 Uniontown
$4.399 Warren
$4.366 Washington

Trend Analysis:

Drivers are paying considerably more at the pump as the cost of gasoline moves steadily higher. In the past two weeks, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has risen 20 cents to $4.32, a penny less than the record high set on March 11 and $1.36 more than a year ago. The increase is primarily due to the high cost of crude oil, which was hovering near $100 a barrel last week and is now closing in on $110. With the cost of oil accounting for more than half of the pump price, more expensive oil means more expensive gasoline. Gas prices also trend higher this time of year as refineries make the switch to summer-blend gasoline which is more expensive to make.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session, West Texas Intermediate increased by $1.51 to settle at $109.77. Crude prices rose last week after the European Union announced a proposal to ban Russian oil imports within six months, while refined product imports would be prohibited by the end of 2022. The price increases occurred despite continuing COVID lockdowns in China weighing down crude demand and EIA reporting that total domestic crude inventories increased by 1.3 million barrels to 415.7 million barrels. Current crude inventories are still14 percent lower than the storage level at the end of April 2021.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 2.2 million barrels to 228.6 million barrels last week. Gasoline demand increased slightly from 8.74 million barrels per day to 8.86 million barrels per day.

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


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