Gas prices

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  Western Pennsylvania gas prices have increased within the past few weeks, but before too much panic sets in, Chelsea Pompeani of AAA East Central says this rise isn’t unusual for the time of year.

The director of public affairs said gas prices normally increase during spring because the price of crude oil rises.

Why the Low Gas Prices?

Jan 20, 2015
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The word “staycation” seemed to enter the lexicon when gas prices were continually on the rise a few years back. Now, to the delight of consumers, gas prices are on the decline, and genuine vacations may be back in vogue.

Joining us for a look at how this is impacting the nation is Robert Morris University Economics Professor Brian O’Roark.

Nationally, AAA forecasts this August’s gas prices to be lower than in previous years – but in Pennsylvania, not so much.

The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in western Pennsylvania is $3.72 per gallon - compared to $3.52 nationally.

Teresa Thomas, AAA East Central director of public affairs, said there are two reasons for higher gas prices in the commonwealth.

“One is the gas tax, and we also use a special summer blend of fuel in seven counties in western Pennsylvania, and that makes the price a little higher than the national average,” Thomas said.

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Fourth of July weekend travel is expected to reach pre-recession levels for the first time, even though gas prices are the highest they’ve been since 2008.

AAA is predicting that 41 million Americans will travel at least fifty miles this weekend, a 1.9 percent increase over last year, with 80 percent traveling by car.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, the number of people traveling to celebrate the holiday is expected increase by 1.3 percent.

Gas Prices Closing in on the $4 Mark in Pittsburgh

Jul 2, 2014
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Perhaps you have noticed the marquee at your local convenience store and other displays of the price of a gallon of gas inching upward in past weeks. Pennsylvania’s gas prices have been ranked the tenth highest in the country.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is $3.76, well above the national average of $3.67. Pittsburgh is even higher than the rest of Pennsylvania, with an average price of a gallon of gas costing $3.84.

Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com, said in some areas of Pittsburgh $4.00 for a gallon of gas is a penny away.

Gas Prices At Lowest in Two Years

Nov 1, 2013
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Gas prices in Pittsburgh are lower than they’ve been since 2010. According to Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst at GasBuddy.com, prices could stay low throughout the holiday season.

Right now gas in Pennsylvania is roughly $3.40, down from $3.70 just a couple years ago, reports Laskoski. He attributes the price drop to the changing of the seasons.

Tracking the Tank: What factors into gas prices?

Jul 24, 2013
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Following a national price peak in February of $3.75 per gallon, gas prices are not predicted to reach any highs this summer, but numbers are still steadily rising.  Many different factors contribute to the cost of fuel including refinery upkeep, Middle East politics and consumer demand. Gregg Laskoski, Senior Problem Analyst for GasBuddy.com explains the regional gasoline situation.

Gasoline prices have fallen about 8 cents this week compared to last.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.56 per gallon, while the national average is $3.52.

AAA East Central said there are several reasons for the price decline.

“One thing is they were very high coming into the winter season, and typically they’re lower during the winter,” said spokeswoman Bevi Powell. “We had a lot of refinery issues at that time that made the prices higher.”