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Jenifer Moore
Public Affairs Specialist, OH
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The Weekend

Independence Day weekend travelers have felt the pain at the pump with gas prices jumping five to 15 cents per gallon in recent weeks. Various factors – Ohio’s gas tax increase, increased crude oil prices, decreased supply, increased demand, and the permanent closure of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Philadelphia, PA (the largest refinery on the East Coast) – have pushed gas prices higher. 

“It’s typical to see increases at the pump ahead of holiday travel, but we may see prices continue to jump throughout the month due refinery interruptions on the East Coast, increasing demand and fluctuations in crude oil price,” said Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman.

Today’s national gas price average is $2.75, up four cents in the last week, yet down 11 cents from this time last year.


     Regular Unleaded Gasoline (*indicates record high)






Week Ago


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Crude Oil


$57.51 barrel (07/05/19)


$58.47 per barrel (06/28/19)


$73.80 barrel (07/06/18)


At the close of NYMEX trading Friday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $57.51 per barrel, 96 cents lower than last Friday’s close. Oil prices are approximately the same as the settlement price three weeks ago on July 21 ($57.43). The U.S. and China trade deal will be top of mind in the coming week as talks resume between the two countries.

The Week Ahead

As record numbers of travelers – nearly 49 million total, 41.4 million traveling by car – return from the Independence Day holiday weekend, they will undoubtedly notice pump prices on the rise. The Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery fire and subsequent closure continues to impact regional gas prices as solutions to backfill the void in refined fuel are identified. Peak summer driving season is upon us, and despite the recent uptick in gas prices, motorists continue to enjoy prices lower than this time last year.

AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:


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